Re: Invention

Karla Saari Kitalong (kitalong@MTU.EDU)
Wed, 3 Jul 1996 08:33:55 -0400

I discovered a clue to my writing process last week, when I
was "writing" with my 2-year-old grandson, Connor. He had a
crayon in his pudgy little hand, and was scribbling industriously.
After he had finished, I took a different color crayon and showed
him where he had managed to write a "B" or an "M" or a "fish." It
occurred to me that my dissertation writing is something like that.
I write and write and write. Then, when I read it over, I see
a "fish" or a "caterpillar" emerging from the writing. So I
work on enhancing the fish for a while, and then maybe a have
a whole school of fish, or if I pick the caterpillar to work
on, it might turn into a butterfly. Is that a writing process?

Happy holiday, everyone! Hope you have some fireworks--real or


> For anyone who might want to talk a little casual shop:
> What do you do during the invention stage of your own writing process?
> I thought it might be interesting to find out how writing instructors
> write.
> Craig B.

Karla Saari Kitalong
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