The hardest part of revising was the global changes, having to go through your work and pull for a stronger argument. “A Friend in Satan” is by no means a work of art, comparable to cake; it was the one that hid in the corner trying to avoid being detected. Unfortunately, I neglected to review this essay for content after the second draft. Reading through it, my argument was properly thought out, but contained partial sentences and confusing phrases. After reading Kate Brennan’s “Floating” again, I was able to draw from additional paragraphs that supported my original thesis. In my original paper, I did not highlight that there were multiple instances in which the husband rejected his wife, causing Satan to appear. I was als...
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...course researching the proper uses of a comma, yet I still have not mastered the rules. From the first draft of “A Friend in Satan” to the final draft, there is a dramatic change in sentence structure and pace.
Overall, I have learned that drafting is the most painless part of writing, but revising is where all the magic happens. The wisdom to begin broad with ideas and content, then narrow down to sentence structure and mechanics was tough to grasp at first. Yet, through practice and a conscious effort, my writing has taken on a new personality. I am more comfortable having others read my work and criticize my ideas now than I have ever been. Drawing feedback from a wider and diverse audience helped my composition become narrow and succinct. This accelerated my drafting process tremendously, allowing me to spend more time correcting the mechanics of my writing.
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