ENGL 2060 E01
17 October 2015
Writing Log #5: Conceptual Metaphor for Writing
The writing process is exploration.
How truly breathtaking would it be to find out you were the first individual to discover a new world? To make your mark on something previously unknown to man? To document your discoveries so all people could understand what you’ve experienced? The romanticism and adventure found in the accounts of Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, and Marco Polo is truly catching. Many of us have an innate desire to be apart of something fresh and exhilarating. The writer gets the opportunity to live moments like these as she cracks the seams of relevance. Therein lies the hidden beauty of writing, for it is truly an exploration.
The explorer begins his journey with weeks, months, and even years of preparation. It is an obvious task, but none the less crucial, to chose a destination. This is perhaps the most essential part. Where is he going and what is he hoping to discover? Weather must be forecasted so the explorer can plan for what may be in store. Routes are charted to ensure the swiftest path has been selected. Supply lists must be made, and then the actual items retrieved. The writer faces a similar start with each new project, for a writer’s preparatory phase can also be years in the making. The writer must decide what she wants to write about, and what the end goal is. She must predict what circumstances she will be writing under, and act accordingly. An outline is constructed to guarantee a clear path to the end product. Finally, a list of materials is fashioned, and the proper resources (books, articles, real-life accounts, etc.) are attained.
When the explorer has fully prepared, he selects his preferred mode of transportation to begin the journey. The explorer doesn’t think about the perfect way to do things; he simply acts on instinct and experience. Sometimes he goes for days at a time without refreshments, and other times he only makes it a mile or two before resting. Parts of the journey may move by seamlessly, and then some disastrous situations appear to all but end the exploration. The explorer might ponder giving up, but pushes onward in hope of finding the hypothesized discovery. The writer also chooses a mode of transportation for thoughts, whether it’s a journal, laptop, or voice recorder. She mustn’t fret over the details of editing in this phase, and instead relies on her instinct, prior education and studying to lead the way. Some bouts of writing will go on for hours, while other pieces are written in five-minute bursts of inspiration. The writing will flow out of the mind and onto the page so elegantly at times, while during other moments the writer contemplates throwing the project away.
Finally, the explorer reaches the end goal; a new place is found and discovery made! The explorer sits in awe for a moment, reveling in this new found glory. Then he documents everything. Whether drawing pictures of the local life, or writing pages in a journal, the explorer tries to bring back in thoughts the concept of the new place. It must be translated in a way that most, if not all, people will be able to see what the explorer saw. The explorer must inspire and persuade the audience to understand his point of view. This way he can enlighten them and prod them to reach higher. It also increases support so he may embark on another adventure again. The writer eventually reaches the end goal as well, and the draft is completed. She sits in satisfaction for a moment, proud of the hard work she’s accomplished. Then the writer must meticulously comb through the draft, editing and tweaking it where needed so she can convey her ideas to the intended audience. The writer wants the purpose of the writing to be understood, and for it to have relevance. If the writer is successful, people are informed and enlightened. The writer is not satisfied with one prosperous piece, however, for the writer craves the excitement of the exploration. And so the writing process begins again.