Craft of Revision

ISBN-10: 0840028857

ISBN-13: 9780840028853

Edition: 5th 2013

Authors: Donald M. Murray

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald M. Murray's lively and inspiring approach to writing and revision does not condescend but invites students into the writer's studio. The ANNIVERSARY EDITION includes a new foreword by Brock Dethier, Writing Program Director at Utah State University and former University of New Hampshire colleague of the late Donald Murray. Dethier met Murray in 1983 when he was an adjunct instructor at UNH, struggling to balance his teaching career with his dreams of getting published, and Murray was a source of guidance and support. Dethier offers not only an introduction to the "man behind the book," but a retrospective of Murray's significant contributions to the Composition world and the ways in which THE CRAFT OF REVISION helps students to actually _do_ the writing--not just talk about it.
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List price: $19.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cengage Heinle
Publication date: 2/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Rewrite Before Writing
Why Do We Resist Rewriting?
An Invitation: Write with Me
How Do You Find Something to Write About?
Interview Yourself
Circle the Subject
Try Out Lines
Play with Images
Make Connections
What If
Be Specific
End-of-Chapter Interviews
Interview with a Published Writer-Elizabeth Cooke
How to Get the Writing Done: Tricks of the Writer's Trade
Nulla Dies Sine Linea
Establish Achievable Deadlines
Break a Writing Assignment into Small Daily Tasks
Know Tomorrow's Task Today
Keep a Daybook
A Writer's Place
Reading for Revision
Test Readers
Where Do We Find Test Readers?
What Test Readers Do
The Danger of Test Readers
Setting the Reader's Agenda
Reading Writing in Process
Techniques of Responding
Methods of Reader Response
Rewrite with Focus
Elements of Focus
Premature Focusing
How to Focus
The List
The Discovery Draft
What if I Don't Discover in My Discovery Draft?
How Do I Make an Instructor's Idea My Own?
Understand the Assignment
Interview the Assignment
Rewrite by Context
How Do I Make the Boss's Idea My Own?
Focus Repair
Diagnosis: No Focus
Testing Your Focus
If the Diagnosis Is Positive
Say One Thing
How Can I Find That One Thing?
But What about All the Other Good Stuff?
Frame Your Meaning
What to Leave Out
What to Keep In
Set the Distance
When to Use Close-ups
When to Step Back
When to Zoom
Interview with a Published Writer-Christopher Scanlan
Rewrite with Genre
Choosing the Genre
Genre Provides Meaning
The Five-Paragraph Theme
The Unshaped Material
Diagnosis: Ineffective Genre
Genre Communicates Meaning
Discovering the Genre for the Draft
The Internal Genre
The External Genre
The Essential Narrative
Narrative's Clock
Questions Answered; Questions Asked
Walking Beside the Reader
Reading the Listener
Entertaining the Reader
Design Your Own Genre
The Discovered Genre
The Invented Genre
Create an Effective Design
What Is Saved
What Is Discarded
Case History of a Student Writer-Maureen Healy
Rewrite with Structure
Diagnosis: Disorder
Answer the Reader's Questions
Outline After Writing
Expose the Structure of a Draft
Outline After Writing
Adapt the Structure
Redesign the Structure
Interview with a Student Writer-Kathryn S. Evans
Rewrite with Documentation
Diagnosis: Too Little Information
The Writer's Eye
The Importance of Information
Provides Reader Satisfaction
Establishes Authority
Produces Lively Writing
The Qualities of Effective Information
The Basic Forms of Information
Where Do You Find Information?
Writing with Information
The Craft of Selection
Interview with a Student Writer-Jennifer Bradley-Swift
Rewrite To-Develop
Diagnosis: Superficial
Techniques of Development
Develop with Information
Develop with Authority
Develop with Clarity
Put Meaning in Context
Rewriting Starts with Rereading
Read Fragments
Read What Isn't Written
Problem: No Territory
Problem: No Surprise
Problem: No Writer
Problem: No Respect
Problem: Too Little
Problem: Too Much
Problem: Too Private
Problem: No Significance
Problem: No Connection
Rewrite within the Draft
Emphasize the Significant
Pace and Proportion
Rewrite by Ear
What Is Voice?
Hearing Your Own Writing
Diagnosis: No Voice
Hearing the Writer's Voice
Hearing Your Own Voice
Your Language or Mine?
The Importance of Voice
The Expected Voice
The Formal Voice
The Informal Voice
Genre Voices
The Voice of the Draft
Case History of a Professional Writer-Donald M. Murray
Rewrite with Clarity
Twenty Ways to Unfinal a Draft
The Attitude of the Editing Writer
Writing Is Editing
Imagine the Reader
My Ear Is a Better Editor Than My Eye
The Draft Will Tell You What It Needs
Welcome Surprise
Language Is Alive and Changing
Accept Limitations
Establish Achievable Standards
Interview Your Draft
Solutions to Common Editing Problems
How Do I Recognize Surprise?
How to Read to Edit
How to Edit a Boring Draft so It Isn't
The Craft of Editing
The Tools of Revision
A Student Case History-Roger LePage, Jr.
The Student's Original Draft
A Professional's Editing
The Student's Reaction to Professional Editing
The Student's Revision
The Craft of Letting Go
Why Writers Don't Let Go
Fear of Exposure
Obsession with Correctness
Continuing Discovery
How to Let Go
Decreased Discovery
When You Let Go
Readers Make the Draft Theirs
Free to Write
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