Posted on February 12, 2019
I fully resonated with “Shitty First Draft”; after all, writing can definitely be a difficult, if not seemingly impossible task, when you haven’t got a clue where to begin. Once you get the ball rolling, however, writing can be effortless. For me personally, it takes a very long thought process to get myself into the mindset of writing. Even for this blog post, there is a period of time in which I know exactly what I plan to say, except I cannot seem to spell it out in words. In Murray’s “The Maker’s Eye,” it also shows how crucial it is to comprehend the concept of writings before you begin; the part where he claims writers must have a bit of an “ego” is understandable, since you have to be confident in what you are trying to convey. Both articles have convinced me that it is vital (and a part of the process) to go through multiple rough drafts; your first draft is not your last!
One tip for myself would be to continue to focus on the bigger picture; I love to connect my writing to my readers, but sometimes it is easy to get lost and lose track of connecting the more important message. Additionally, I have to work on what I mentioned earlier; I tend to obsess over my first draft, and it clearly is just the stepping stone to the finished product. Having a foundation and basis for your actual writing is very important. Finally, I want to improve my organization and structure of my writing, to make my piece flow as naturally as possible, similar to what Rose had accomplished. All of these tips are concepts or aspects of writing that I can easily succeed in, I just have to work on improving them.