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Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Art of Seeing Again
The revision process of writing used to be grueling and gut wrenching for my writers until we had George Ella Lyon speak at our school. She brought the many revisions to her picture book Mother to Tigers taped together and had the students hold a piece until the completed strand decorated the entire media center. I remember being in awe that day as I looked at this published author and how she slashed through pages of prose to ultimately have the perfect edition of the book. My writers were astonished as well. One of the conversations in our room after was how we use different lenses to revise. That revising means to see the piece in a different way. Today as I began this process with a new group of writers I explained that sometimes to grow as a writer it hurts a little bit. Letting go can provide a new opportunity for a better sentence or mental image for the reader. Meaningful revision, albeit sometimes painful, opens the door for a better writer and a published piece worthy of celebration.