2 What is Revision? Revision is NOT editing. Editors look for clear, accurate prose.Editors examine writing for stylistic consistency.Some concerns of editors:GrammarWord choiceSentence structure
3 What is Revision? Revision is NOT proofreading. Proofreading is concerned with the rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and formatting.Proofreaders look for:Correct documentationSubject/verb agreementUse of commasCan you think of any other proofreading concerns?
4 What is Revision? Revision literally means “to see again.” Revision allows a writer to take a fresh, objective look at a previous draft.Revision is concerned with ideas and logic.
5 The Writing ProcessBecause writing is a process comprised of many different kinds of activities and skills, the boundaries between revising, editing, and proofreading sometimes collapse.
6 Boundaries: Editing and Revising For example, some writers try to draft perfect prose from the outset, but trying to combine editing and drafting into one step often makes the writing process slow and extremely painful!
7 Editing and RevisingIf you edit consistently from the beginning, you may get too attached to your first draft. This could make it difficult to make significant changes during the revising phase.
8 All About RevisingRevision is one part of the writing process that requires ample time and a change of gears.
9 Preparing to ReviseAfter the experimental drafting phase, take a break from your draft.Take a walk.Read something entertaining.Put the draft out of your mind.Gauge time well. Give yourself “breathing time” before revising, but keep your final deadline in mind.
10 Consider the Whole Work Does this piece satisfy the original assignment and your primary purpose as a writer?Do you address the appropriate audience? Do your readers have all of the necessary information?
11 Consider ContentIs the thesis or controlling idea clear and well supported?Do your ideas flow logically?Are your ideas expressed in clear, focused language?
12 Consider Form Is the introduction engaging? Does each paragraph support and expand the thesis?Do paragraphs connect logically? Have you used effective transitional phrases?Does each paragraph have an effective topic sentence?
13 Consider the Conclusion Does the conclusion proceed naturally from the preceding paragraphs?Is the conclusion satisfying?
14 Weeding Don’t be afraid to make significant changes to your drafts. Weed out unnecessary paragraphs, sentences, and words.
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