The Center for Academic Excellence presents . . . Editing

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The Center for Academic Excellence presents . . . Editing. Improving Your Text One Sentence at a Time. The Writing Process. 1.Discovery. 2.Determining Rhetorical Stance. 3.Invention and Pre-Writing. 4.Gathering Data. 5.Planning and Organizing. 6.Outlining. 7.Composing/Drafting. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Editing</p> <p>The Center for Academic Excellence presents . . . EditingImproving Your Text One Sentence at a Time</p> <p>1There are no final draftsonly deadlines.</p> <p>The Writing Process1.Discovery.2.Determining Rhetorical Stance.3.Invention and Pre-Writing.4.Gathering Data.5.Planning and Organizing.6.Outlining.7.Composing/Drafting.8.Reviewing.9.Revising and Rewriting.10.Editing.11.Proofreading.12.Publishing.</p> <p>2Editing comes late in the Writing Process. </p> <p>Only when you are satisfied that all ideas are in place and that there are no further changes likely do you turn your attention to editing.</p> <p>Final Stages of the Writing Process: Editing</p> <p>3What is Editing?Editing is focusing on your text one sentence at a time.</p> <p>It is an attempt to make each sentence clearer and more readable.</p> <p>This is a fairly laborious part of the process and should take several hours. </p> <p>Editing is a courtesy to your reader. </p> <p>No one deserves to read unedited text.</p> <p>No one!4Editing SentencesAfter letting your text sit for a while, come back to it as if you were a stranger to it.</p> <p>As you read each sentence aloud, ask the following questions:5Ask:Is this truly a sentence?</p> <p>Does it express one complete thought?</p> <p>Does it make complete sense?</p> <p>Is it ambiguous?</p> <p>Does it say what I mean?6Ask:Is there any way I can improve the sentence?</p> <p>Could I word it more effectively?</p> <p>Could my word choice be more precise?</p> <p>Are there any phrases I could reduce to single words?</p> <p>Are the tenses consistent? </p> <p>7Ask:Are there any pronouns?</p> <p>Are they used correctly?</p> <p>Would the average reader know what each pronoun is referring to?</p> <p>What would the professor dislike about the sentence?</p> <p>Can I punctuate the sentence more effectively?8Ask:Is the sentence grammatical?</p> <p>Does it use would have, where had would do?</p> <p>Is the sentence necessary, or could it be left out completely?</p> <p>Does the sentence use I or you?9Ask:Could I re-word the sentence to avoid I and you?</p> <p>Does the sentence contain slang, or any sort of language which might be considered non-academic?</p> <p>Does it contain any spelling errors?</p> <p>Does the sentence use the verb to get?</p> <p>Is it easy to understand?10Move on to the Next SentenceOnly after thoroughly familiarising yourself with the first sentence should you consider moving on to the next. </p> <p>Satisfy yourself (a) that every word counts, (b) that every sentence counts, and (c) that every paragraph countsthis is a courtesy that you owe to your reader(s).</p> <p>If necessary, share this task with your instructor, with a tutor, or with consultants at a Writing Center. </p> <p>Remember, stages 8-12 of the Writing Process may be shared with friends, professors, and counselors. </p> <p>You are not expected to be experts, but you are expected to seek expert advice.11The Writing Process1.Discovery.2.Determining Rhetorical Stance.3.Invention and Pre-Writing.4.Gathering Data.5.Planning and Organizing.6.Outlining.7.Composing/Drafting.8.Reviewing.9.Revising and Rewriting.10.Editing.11.Proofreading.12.Publishing.There are no final draftsonly deadlines.</p> <p>12</p> <p>The End</p> <p>PowerPoint Presentation by Mark A. Spalding, BA, MEd, MA, 2007.13</p>