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Week 7: Editing and Revising Skills

Techniques to improve an essay after the first draft

Ian Williams

on 1 November 2013

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Prezi by Prof. Ian Williams
Week 7: Revising and Editing
Rough Draft
Read your work aloud.
Edit on paper.
Pay attention to:
Awkward phrasing
Grammatical errors
Standardizing punctuation, spelling
Improving transitions
Peer Editing
Writing Center
Finished Essay
In our culture a lot of times people advise us to compare ourselves with others. "You should be like your father," "You can win; the others aren’t as good as you," "You must be the best of your class," etc., and this is not always the best way of thinking. There are many reasons to change this way of thinking and begin to compare ourselves only with ourselves. This is the way it should be, and in this paper I will discuss some of the most important reasons for this. The first reason to avoid comparing yourself with others is that there will be always someone better than you. It doesn’t mater in which aspect, but it is always true. Therefore, you could feel inferior to others and maybe without a real reason. For example, you can be an incredible architect and the best of your generation, and this can make you feel incredibly good, but if someday someone is better than you are, you could feel sad although you are still the same incredible architect that you were before. The second reason to elude this kind of comparison is that you will always find someone worse than you, but as opposed to the first reason, this can make you feel better than the others, and this feeling can turn into a horrible pride. For example, if you are the second best student of your class, and one day the very best student leaves the school, you will then be the best one although you are still only as good as you were before. These two first reasons leads us to a third one: If you want to be better than the others, you don’t need to improve yourself; you only have to make the others look bad. If I want to be the leader of the group, but you are the leader now, what I need to do is to make you look like a traitor or stupid and then I can take your place. Then I will be better than you. A fourth reason to stop comparing ourselves is that the one who compares him/herself with others is judging, and this doesn’t help us develop as human beings. Nobody knows the internal reality of the other; nobody knows his/her story and his/her most deep intentions, and when we judge it’s harder to accept the others. The last but most important reason to avoid comparing ourselves with others is that when we do, we can be tempted to copy them, to do the same things, and to act and think like them. The problem with this is that if we copy someone, we will never know who we really are and what we really want, and then we will never grow spiritually. For all these reasons and because we are unique, we should not compare ourselves with others, only with ourselves. The only comparison pattern that we really have is our consciousness. So, if we use this pattern we will not feel less or more than others; we will not try to make others look bad; we will not judge so much; and we will accept ourselves as we really are. In other words, we will live happier.
Take time between writing and revising.
Adopt the POV of your audience.
Common Proofreading Symbols and Abbreviations
Good Books on Editing
Strunk and White’s Elements of Style
Broadview Guide to Writing
Writing Center
Skeleton=organization and structure
Identify the thesis
Organization and structure
Identify intro, body, conclusion
Paragraphs (move, remove, replace)
Direct links b/w thesis and evidence
Topic sentences
Refutation and warrants
Revision Exercise
The Minimum Standard of Correctness
The most grammatically incorrect sentence I could think of
For eg a women says give me youre keys and the guy said its ovler their, after she took keys his she got in his car and drove to guelf .
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