Major Assignment 2 Draft 1

Abigail Parker

Professor murdock

English 1001

8 oct. 2020

Do you know the process an author goes through when it comes to writing? Many people might not think about the actual process it takes an author. I was surprised myself when I found out it was much more complex than what I have always thought. To be a successful author you must, go through stages in the writing process, choose a topic to focus on, and endorse the heartaches that will come along. 

An author will go through different stages when it comes to writing, and writing about a certain topic. The steps will follow; prewriting, drafting, revising, and then finally editing. Alspo when an author is first starting off their writing, they have to find their genre, who their audience is, and what the rhetorical situation is. This will allow them to have their plot to the story or meaning behind their piece. I feel like the rhetorical situation might be the biggest part when it comes to writing, solely for the purpose of this being the lesson the audience learns. When writing a lesson is important, since it caters to a certain audience and sometimes a certain genre.  Bizter states, “Let us regard rhetorical situation as a natural context of persons, events, objects, relations, and exigence which strongly invites utterance; this invited utterance participates naturally in the situation, is in many instances necessary to the compilation of situational activity…”(Bitzer 5). As you can see the rhetorical situations is important since it is the lesson, and the plot. It gives the writing a setting. 

When an author doesn’t know exactly what to write about, they might take steps to find one easily. Sometimes reading could help an author find a topic to write about. If someone finds something that is interesting to them while reading, it could spark a topic for them to write about. According to the Quora Contributor, “Read with the intent to learn and to stimulate your creative brain. Mark up the books, circle interesting things, talk out loud. This is not relaxing reading: You want to reread paragraphs 12 times because you were day-dreaming. Let your brain meander.” This could indicate to an author that if they read and reread something that interests them, it could spark something to their mind, and give them a topic to write about. 

When being an author and becoming a successful author, there can be a lot of self doubt. People will criticise everything you compose, or maybe your editor will send back your work 100 times. It can feel very easy, to just give up. Business insider did an interview with Stephen King, a very successful author. Business insider states, “King compares writing fiction to crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub, because in both, “there’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.” Not only will you doubt yourself, but other people will doubt you, too. “If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all,” writes King.” As you can see, the road to becoming successful will be hard and long. Business insider also states, “Oftentimes, you have to continue writing even when you don’t feel like it. “Stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea,” he writes. And when you fail, King suggests that you remain positive. “Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.” They show that even though at times an author will want to give up and quit, an author should always stay positive and never give up. 

A journey for an author is not always easy, they will at a lot of times want to give up. However, if you want to become a successful author you must, focus on one topic to write about, go through the writing stages and have a rhetorical situation, and prepare yourself for a lot of self doubt. Without authors, a lot of people would lack knowledge. 

Works Cited

Quora Contributor; How Do Writers Figure Out What They Want To Write?

Bitzer, Lloyd; The Rhetorical Situation

Business Insider; 22 Lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer 

3 thoughts on “Major Assignment 2 Draft 1

  1. Hello!
    I really enjoyed reading the third paragraph of your essay. I found it really fascinating that reading and rereading something could spark an idea into an author’s mind. I think you have a great research topic and question but you don’t explain really the processes a writer goes through when it comes to writing in detail. You said in the second paragraph “An author will go through different stages when it comes to writing, and writing about a certain topic. The steps will follow; prewriting, drafting, revising, and then finally editing.” You’re on the right path just try to add some more detail! I think doing this will also increase your word count. Also, your answers will be more in-depth as well. I think your research question is very interesting and it could go really far! I think adding in some transitions in each paragraph would give the audience a good idea of what part of the process or whatever topic you move onto next to talk about in your paper. So far though I think you are on the right path of the process an author goes through! Good luck!


  2. Hi Abby! I like the intent of your paper and I think you could ass some more things to make it better. I feel you did a good job picking a topic so that it is an inquiry-based paper. Also, I think your topic could generate more questions that need answers than are in this paper. I would suggest adding a lot more information and breaking down more of the process that authors go through when writing a book. I feel you organized your paper well for what you have, but when adding more make sure you stick with it and keep it organized so the readers can understand. Your path of inquiry is clear to me in this paper because of your opening paragraph, good job with that. I feel you could make your primary research more relevant and add in a interview or recent youtube video so we have current information involved. With the sources you have, you did a good job citing them. Your research clearly shows what you are talking about and shows the purpose of your paper. Some suggestions I have is definitely adding more information and breaking down the process of an author so you hit the word count and also so you have more supporting statements regarding the topic of your paper.


  3. Hey Abby, I just have a couple comments for this. I liked your question because its simple. Even the simple things can be creative. You answered you question you created with some good sources but I think you need to cite a little more. I see that you cited about once per paragraph but citing more with help flesh out you paragraphs and increase the word count. Also, I think you are just missing the primary research for this. Once you get your primary research incorporated in this, you will be good to go.


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