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The Revision Process

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Kelly Wendt

on 5 May 2014

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Transcript of The Revision Process

What does it mean to revise?
Why do we revise?
The Later Stages...
Tips to Remember
The Steps to Revision
to see again
to look at something from a fresh perspective
an ongoing process of rethinking the paper: reconsidering your argument, reviewing your evidence, refining your purpose, reorganizing your presentation, and reviving stale prose
You don't always produce your best stuff when you first get started.
Revision is a chance for you to look at what you have written and see:
is really worth saying,
it says what you wanted to say, and
if a reader will understand what you're saying
The Revision Process
Start working early so you have PLENTY of time to revise.
Work from a hard copy: It's easier on the eyes and easier to make notes
"Rewriting is the essence of writing well-
where the game is won or lost."
-William Zinsser
Nope! That's proofreading. Revising focuses on your evidence, ideas, thesis, and organization.
"But I thought revision was just fixing the commas and the spelling."
Wait a while after you've finished a draft to look at it again
be concerned with the LARGE issues,
not the commas
Ask yourself:
Is it appropriate to the assignment?
Is the topic too big or too narrow?
Do you stay on track the entire paper?
Do you still agree with your thesis?
Does your introduction clearly state what you're going to do?
Examine the balance within your paper
Do you support all of the claims in your paper?
Check the organization: Does your paper follow a pattern that makes sense?
Check your information: Are all of your facts accurate?
Does your conclusion nicely tie everything together?
"Whoa!! I thought I could revise my paper in a few minutes!"
This gives you a chance to read it with a fresh pair of eyes
Something that once sounded BRILLIANT might not sound so great when you read it again... :)
Read the paper aloud, see how the paper flows
Remember the questions from before? Don't tackle them all at once!
Ask yourself questions and don't be afraid to answer them truthfully!
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