Editing and Revising
What is the difference in editing and revising?
-The Complete Idiots Guide to Writing Well
RevisingThe word revise, means to see again.Revision is evaluating your writing to find ways to make it better. The process involves deleting, adding, replacing, and moving words, sentences, and passages in text.
Editing When you edit your draft, you are looking for mechanical errors in your writing. Search for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
Spit and Polish: Revising and Editing
You wouldnt leave the house without glancing in the mirror and patting that stray strand of hair in place. In the same way, you would never turn in a piece of writing that had not been carefully proofread for revisions and edits.
The Proofs in the Pudding
Your writing will always be better if you go over it with a critical eye. Revise and edit your draft by cutting material, replacing material, adding material, and rearranging whats already there. Dont be shocked if your revised draft bears as much resemblance to the first draft as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.
Judgment DayRevising and editing are part of the creative process of writing.
When you come to this step in the writing process, you evaluate your document to see what needs to be deleted, added, and moved to make your message more effective.
Little Things MatterRevision isnt one stop shopping because you must rethink your writing several times before you are satisfied.As you make each round of improvements, you again assess your writing to see if it suits your audience and purpose.
Audience and PurposeAudience is the people who will read your writing. To meet their needs, ask yourself, What does my audience know about my topic? Purpose is your reason for writing. To focus on the purpose, ask yourself, What am I trying to accomplish? There are four main purposes: 1. To entertain (narrative)2. To prove a point (persuasive)3. To explain an issue (expository)4. To describe something (descriptive)
Revising and Editing is like Exercise Revising and editing, like exercise and oat bran is good for you. It doesnt mean you didnt do a fine job on your first draft or that you are not a good writer. In fact, just the opposite is the case. The finest writers tend to do the most revising. The revision process involves judging and rethinking your first thoughts to make improvements.
Revise for Form and ContentAfter revising for audience and purpose, next revise for the form and content of your work. Form is the shape of your writing. For example, the form of your writing may be a story, poem, or play. Adjust your draft until it meets the requirements for that specific type of writing. Content is what youre saying. When you revise for content, you make sure that each part of your draft is clear and logical.
Revising and EditingOnce you understand how the revision and editing process works, youll find the process relatively painless and even interesting. Its actually my favorite part of writing because its like a puzzle, as I try to see how each piece fits best.
Less Can Be MoreAs you learned earlier, revision involves deleting material thats off topic, or repeats of what youve already said. As you revise, look for ways to tighten your sentences by removing unnecessary material that clogs your writing. Good things often come in small packages, but never fear: You dont have to cut to the bone to improve your writing,
Less Can Be MoreLook for the following unnecessary words:RepetitionRevisionBring it to final closure.Bring it to closure.
FillerCut the fluff The point that I am tryingNever miss a good to make is that you should chance to shut up. never miss a good chance to shut up.
Unnecessary ModifiersSelect the best modifierThe big, huge, massive cloudThe massive cloud covered completely covered over the sun.the sun.
All Dressed Up and Ready to GoEffective writing uses relevant support to bring your topic to life, prove your point, and engage your readers. This support can be details, facts, definitions, examples, statistics, and quotations. Adding them to a draft is called elaboration. As you revise your draft, see where you need to add more detail to make your writing come alive.
Elaboration & DeletionElaborationThe girl cried. Mary, a 13-year-old girl ,weeped hysterically because her mom died in a car accident. Deletion of unnecessary words (fluff)As a matter of fact, in my personal opinion, I feel that students should be allowed to carry personal cell phones, as long as they store them in their lockers during school hours. Students should be allowed to possess cell phones, as long as they store them in their lockers.
Revise by RewordingSometimes, youll need to select new words to get your meaning across. When you revise by rewording, you replace words and revise sentences to make your writing accurate and fresh. Look for words you used too often. Replace repeated nouns with pronouns.Substitute other repeated words with synonyms. Ditch empty, overused adjectives such as excellent and nice. Sharpen your words by finding the precise word you want, not a close relative.
Crazy Glue Your SentencesIf your ideas dont cling together like toddlers and chocolate, you can add transitions.A transition can be a word (such as also) or a phrase (such as for example) that shows how ideas are related. Each transitional word and phrase indicates a slightly different shade of meaning, so choose your transitions as carefully as you choose your peaches.
TransitionsAddition of Information: and, also, besides, finally, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover, next, too, then Result: accordingly, as a result, consequently, due to this, so, thereforeTime Order: after, at length, before, currently, during, eventually, finally, first, immediately, in the future, later, meanwhile, next, now, second, secondly, soon, subsequently, then, third