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Transcript of Revising
What does it mean
In order to improve our writing.
Why do we revise?
What good revisers do:
How do we revise?
(1) to reconsider and alter (something) in
the light of further evidence.
(2) to re envision, to rethink, to re-purpose
a piece of writing.
To catch things we may have not originally seen (typos)
To practice improving and
re-articulating our ideas
“Reviewing means just using better words and eliminating words that are not needed. I go over and change words around.”
“It is a matter of looking at the kernel of what I have written, the content, and then thinking about it, responding to it, making decisions, and actually restructuring it.”
“I don’t use the word rewriting because I only write one draft and the changes that I make are made on top of the draft. The changes that I make are usually just marking outwords and putting different ones in.”
“It means taking apart what I have written and putting it back together again. I ask major theoretical questions of my ideas, respond to those questions, and think of proportion and structure, and try to find a controlling metaphor. I find out which ideas can be developed and which should be dropped. I am constantly chiseling and changing as I revise.”
Everyone has their own style and
process to revising,
but here's a few
1. Reread the prompt and focus your main idea. What is the prompt asking you to do?
2. Identify the purpose of the paper - is it to argue? to explore?
3. Evaluate your evidence - do you use personal examples and/or quotes effectively?
4. Save only the good pieces - take out anything that isn't still fitting.
5. Proofread by reading aloud.
There should be no typos,
no proofreading errors.
6. See if you can apply new strategies to past essays
You should not only read through my own comments, but you should read through the entire paper.
You should have a reason for not changing something.
7. Become a "reader-centered writer"