Editing & Revising
Your written work is a living language; it is a work of your crafting that represents your ideas in words. You don't (or shouldn't!) just write one time and BAM! you're done. Instead, revise and edit your work, have someone else read and review your work, and never settle for your first draft.
Remember that the Writing Reviser
can help you with editing and revising so that you can turn in the best possible product.
In general, the process you take after writing your first draft can be considered revising or editing or proofreading. There are, however, slight differences in meaning of these terms because each happens at a different point and for a different purpose in the writing process:
- Editing: This is the process of examining your paper more holistically, including looking at ideas and content as well as organization, grammar, word choice, and so on.
- Proofreading: This is the process of reading over your work and correcting more minor (that is, not content-related) errors in your paper before you turn it in.
- Revising: This is the process of correcting errors, reworking sections of your paper (including ideas and organization) after you've turned in and received back from your teacher your first paper.
Before Submitting Writing...
- Do the sentences flow? Do you notice anything jarring or disconnected? Will a transition word or phrase, such as “therefore” or “however” help connect ideas?
- Is it too wordy or repetitive? Do you need to eliminate some repetition?
- Check your spelling and grammar. Did you spell author names and titles correctly? Did you use the present tense? Check for pronoun/antecedent agreement errors (someone/their).
- Did you make sure to remove first and second person pronouns?
- Check your formatting. Did you use MLA style? Are the margins, header, heading, title, spacing, and quoting formatted according to those specifications?
- Did you make any necessary corrections that a peer or your teacher suggested?