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Unformatted text preview: Writing and Sculpting Think of the writing process as being like that involved in creating a sculpture. The sculptor does not create a perfectly detailed sculpture at once; likewise, a "finished," effective essay is not produced in one sitting. Prewriting is like the process involved in finding and digging up the clay, kneading it until it is malleable, gathering the sculpting tools, drawing some rough sketches of the imagined sculpture, making some clay models, and putting together the armature, the wire form on which the clay will be placed. Drafting is like the process involved in squeezing the clay onto the armature in the rough shape desired. Revision is like the process involved in smoothing the clay and reviewing the rough shape of the sculpture: the sculptor might turn an arm or leg of the sculpture different ways to achieve the desired effect, or might even remove and reposition an arm or leg in a different posture; indeed, the sculptor might even crumple up the entire sculpture and start all over again, working with a new concept....
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- Spring '08