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The Writing Process: Editing and Revising

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Transcript of The Writing Process: Editing and Revising

The Writing Process: Revising and Editing
Editing
When we
edit
, we
correct
any

technical

mistake
: spelling, capitalization
or
grammar
(word use).

We constantly edit
during
and
after
the
revision
stage; directly
before

publishing!



Editing
Some
things that we want to do while
editing
are:

*
Check
and
correct
our
spelling
.

Apply
past, present and future
tenses

correctly
. Don't switch between tenses haphazardly.

* Check and correct
grammar;
make sure we used the right
words.

* Correct
punctuation
.
The End in Mind
As part of the overall
writing

process
, the
goal
of
revising
and
editing
is to
improve our writing.

What's the difference?
How does it help?

Revising
When
revising
: emphasis should often be placed on the
elaboration

of

ideas
through the
addition

of

specific

details
.

This will help you to
paint
a more
specific

image
in your reader's mind.
Revising
Revision
is the ongoing process of
improving
a piece of writing by
changing
the
words
.

Revisions
are usually made by the
adding and elaborating of ideas
.

There are also times when
subtracting
, or
deletion
, is the best
revision
.


Your piece can
ALWAYS
be
improved
through the
addition
or
deletion
of words.

Just like a
musician
,
painter
,
sculptor
or
filmmaker
, writing is a form of
art
. It must be
worked
and
worked
over a period of
time
in order to become more
complete
.
Revising
We want to make our writing
better
through
additions
,
deletions
and
corrections
.
For
example
: Instead of writing:

"It was a hot day."

You
could
write:

"Outside, the heat was
sweltering
. The humidity instantly
wrapped me like a blanket
. Within minutes, my clothes became
damp
with sweat,
like I'd just gone swimming fully dressed.
"
Revising
The same rule applies for the
deletion
of
words
that the piece
doesn't need
. Here's an
example
:

"I loved this book! This may be the best book that I've ever read! I give this book five stars out of five stars. The characters in this book are all interesting and the plot kept me going! This is an amazing book!"

What should be
deleted
?
Revising
Checklist
Editing and Revising
Are
you
up for it
?
"Don't S
w
i
t
c
h
!"
Instead of this
:

The kids never wanted to leave home, but they move out of their house anyway.

Change to this:

The kids never wanted to leave home, but they mov
ed
out of their house anyway.
Spelling
To, Too and Two

Your and You're

There, Their and They're

Then, Than


Spell check is not perfect. It will not be able to understand the differences between these words. It is you who must understand how to apply each spelling correctly.


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