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.
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