Writing is a skill you need to constantly practice if you want your pen be sharp and strong. It requires diligent and permanent crafting and polishing of your piece of writing up to the point you are confident in every comma and every letter. Ideally. However, not always we have resources to produce an impeccable work. My experience, though, implies that creating a masterpiece is nothing but an onerous task. Deciding on the topic, creating an outline, writing the first draft, the second draft, the third draft…
During my study at the Pierce College, Washington State, US, I took several courses in academic and creative writing. Consequently, I had to put language down on paper extensively. At first, I did not perceive this task as something challenging; however, after the first assignment I understood that is not going to be a piece of cake at all. The reason is that I rewrote and edited my essays up to seven times. That is because I had very demanding host mom, Auntie Mariym, who wanted me to produce an impeccable work and, therefore, made me work arduously. Frankly, while writing my first work, I burst into tears after the third editing because I thought “Am I so hopeless that I can’t write an essay after three attempts?” However, my wise host mom rushed to calm me and said that it is completely normal to go through this long process. The first time we would sit and brainstorm ideas. Later, she would ask me to jot down the main points I want to discuss. Coming after would be playing with the organization and structure of the essay. The next step would be to expand these ideas and write some examples. Next, we would correct mechanics and think about vocabulary. After that, we would pay special attention to the punctuation. The concluding stroke would be creating a title that would grab reader’s attention and make him/her want to read more. The most important fact is that she rarely corrected the mistake immediately, instead, she usually made me think why that is a mistake and how I can fix it. That is how a typical writing process looked like during my year in the US.
This experience changed my view on writing essays which previously “allowed” only one
“chernovik” (a rough draft). Understanding that a good piece of writing takes time and effort, and editing for several times is absolutely OK gave me more freedom and ameliorated stress.
How much do YOU edit? Have you had an experience which changed your view on writing?