The Craft of Revision

The Craft of Revision Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald M Murray takes a lively and inspiring approach to writing and revision that does not condescend but invites students into the writer s studio

  • Title: The Craft of Revision
  • Author: Donald M. Murray
  • ISBN: 9780838407158
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald M Murray takes a lively and inspiring approach to writing and revision that does not condescend but invites students into the writer s studio.

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    1. Murray cautions us: “Students, first of all, must learn a positive attitude toward revision. The process of revision, for most students, has not been concerned with finding meaning, but it has focused on editing superficial mechanical and grammatical errors to a preconceived and often not clearly understood standard.”My reaction:The one word I’m left with is INFORMATION. It seems most of the revision process is rooted in arranging, adding, removing, improving, and making decisions based on [...]

    2. I got a lot out of this book. Primarily geared toward students, the basics apply to all types of writing and are comprehensive and well written. He points out the difference between revision and editing. Less attention specifically to fiction in general and short stories (my main interests) but interviews, sample writing with revisions and helpful tips on all aspects of the craft are abundant. I especially relate to the quote by Roger LePage, "Revision is a game the writer plays for life." And P [...]

    3. I’m torn how I feel about this book. It seems to have been written mostly for revising academic and professional writer, while I was reading it in hopes of some insights on how to edit novels. Not that I can’t use the tools in this book for revising novels, but I feel like the advice given was too much in the abstract. Maybe that’s not the right way to phrase it. Maybe it’s more of it just didn’t click for me. I understood it all, but I felt like most of the advice was aimed at shorter [...]

    4. I've been reading a lot of textbooks lately. This one is by the great composition teacher, Donald M. Murray, who believed that writing is learning, writing is knowing. He has an authentic voice himself, which makes the book a good read. Like many textbooks, I often skimmed where the material was expected and prosaic. But as all good textbooks, it had lots of headings and titles that made skimming profitable and useful. I can see this book being used in a first-year composition course or an advan [...]

    5. I may have enjoyed this more if the forward hadn't set it up as THE BEST BOOK ON WRITING EVER WRITTEN (and, in Murray's defense, he didn't write the forward). In any case, I did appreciate Murray's tone throughout, which would probably do a lot to persuade people who don't believe that good writing is about revision why they are wrong. I also appreciated how he attempted to tackle various aspects of what you might be revising for: tone, evidence, organization, etc. However, I felt that more exam [...]

    6. This is a classic for writers and writing teachers. Donald Murray's work may seem somewhat trite now, as many of his main ideas have been incorporated into standard teaching practice. But, in reading the original one finds that, unsurprisingly, much of Murray's more revolutionary ideas have also been "tamed" and watered down to the point that they are really sort of nonsense as presented by current pedagogy experts. The source, on the other hand, Murray's actual writing, is still fresh and refre [...]

    7. I think that this is one of the greatest books out there for helping people through the process of creative and meaningful thought. I have read this multiple times, recommended it to friends and always keep it handy as a resource. This book can easily be integrated as early as the high school years. It doesn't just consider rewriting, but rather considers openness of thought, the release of restrictions and the ability to follow wherever our expressions take us. In my opinion this book is a foun [...]

    8. There were some really good things that came from this book, but most of what I read was stuff that I already knew. It just reinforced even further all of the things I teach to my students. What I did like about this book, despite already knowing most of what Murray was saying, was that there were lots of great excerpts I could read and share with my students to help reinforce in necessity of revision.

    9. This is an amazing book from one of my favorite names in the teaching of composition. It's fairly short, to-the-point, and easy as well as enjoyable to read. It would make an excellent textbook for a writing course, but I would recommend this book to anyone who have ever written, or plans on writing, anything.

    10. Exceptional, for sure. Essential, I dare say. This book has profoundly improved my technique of writing poems -- revision being 99% of writing -- even though poetry is only one of many forms treated in these chapters. My highest praise: Mr. Murray practices what he preaches, walks the talk, proves true with his pudding.

    11. This is a great book about learning how to write. Of course, it can't teach inspiration, but it does teach many, many useful techniques to help writers, whatever they're writing, actually write. And to make that writing the best they can. There's a reason I've kept my copy for 15 years.

    12. A truly autonomous approach to writing. This book is great for people who struggle to understand the process of developing a well written piece of work. Murray uses the scientific method of trial and error to conquer any writing task with just a few guidelines to follow in the process.

    13. Murray is the Bob Ross of writing. He makes everything so relaxed and easy to understand and he just wants you to enjoy writing. I wish I read this in my freshman writing class because it has changed my attitude toward writing and revising completely. Murray, you're fabulous. Thank you.

    14. Don Murray does what he does - offers real advice from a real writer about revising (not editing) writing.

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