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The Confident Writer Chapter 6: Revising and Editing Your Essays
“Clutter” by William Zinsser Every word in an essay should serve a purpose. Avoid clutter in your essay: Delete extra prepositions Free up > free Head up > head Avoid euphemisms “Put brackets around every component in a piece of writing that [isn’t] doing useful work.”
How to Revise Your Essay Think of your first draft as your discovery draft. Every subsequent draft is a revision in which you are improving: Content Organization Style
How to Revise Your Essay Last weekend I had fun with my friends. Traffic was terrible this weekend. I saw the worst movie yesterday. I have very definite opinions about big issues. Last weekend I had fun with my friends. Traffic was terrible this weekend. I saw the worst movie yesterday. I have very definite opinions about big issues.
How to Revise Your Essay Conclusion Ends the essay with finality and reinforces the thesis, uses an effective concluding strategy Body w/ support & evidence Topic sentences relates to thesis, details are focused (unity), transitions create coherence Introduction w/ thesis Statement Builds a context for thesis, clarifies topic for reader, uses an effective intro strategy
How to Revise Your Essay Sentence Variety: Change it up! Tone: Sound of the Words Diction: Word Choice
Eliminating Surface Errors DefinitionCauses Surface errors are mistakes in: ◦Grammar ◦Punctuation ◦Spelling Surface errors result from: ◦Inconsistent application of the rules of Standard English ◦Careless mistakes that occur when you pay more attention to content than to mechanics
Eliminating Surface Errors Become aware of the kind of mistakes you make ◦Track your mistakes Which ones are you making? How do you fix them? Proofread ◦Check for correctly punctuated sentences ◦Check for spelling errors Use your returned essays to compete the chart in Figure 6.4 on pp. 145. What trends do you see?
Use Proofreading Strategies Follow these steps for your final round of editing: 1. Let your ideas incubate. 2. Pace yourself. 3. Read backwards. 4. Read aloud. 5. Use a writer’s tools. 6. Proofread with a purpose.