Revision & Editing: Strategies for Making Copy Better

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<ul><li><p>5&amp;Big&amp;Questions&amp;&amp;&amp;Lots&amp;of&amp;AnswersRevising'&amp;'Editing</p><p>cc:'Suncatcher'Craft'Eyes'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/72663629@N00 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Session'Overview Slug:&amp;Better&amp;writing&amp;with&amp;better&amp;</p><p>revision&amp; Story:&amp;We&amp;all&amp;want&amp;to&amp;be&amp;better&amp;writers&amp; News:&amp;What&amp;we&amp;really&amp;need&amp;to&amp;be&amp;is&amp;</p><p>better&amp;revisers&amp; So?:&amp;5&amp;questions&amp;and&amp;few&amp;easyPtoPlearn&amp;</p><p>revisions&amp;significantly&amp;improve&amp;your&amp;writing</p></li><li><p>Look&amp;at&amp;it&amp;again&amp;and&amp;make&amp;it&amp;better.Revision'</p><p>cc:'Suncatcher'Craft'Eyes'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/72663629@N00</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>We'Need'Revision We&amp;all&amp;overPwrite&amp; Our&amp;ideas&amp;can&amp;be&amp;clearer&amp;and&amp;details&amp;stronger&amp;</p><p> We&amp;can&amp;tune&amp;our&amp;voice&amp; Our&amp;logic&amp;can&amp;be&amp;stronger&amp;&amp; We&amp;can&amp;use&amp;better&amp;words,&amp;fix&amp;errors&amp; Too&amp;often,&amp;feedback&amp;isnt&amp;actionable</p><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p> To&amp;revise&amp;our&amp;own&amp;work&amp;and&amp;help&amp;others&amp;revise&amp;theirs&amp;&amp;</p><p> To&amp;provide&amp;*actionable*&amp;feedback&amp;that&amp;everyone&amp;understands&amp;and&amp;uses&amp;&amp;</p><p> To&amp;help&amp;us&amp;become&amp;better&amp;writers&amp;and&amp;editors.</p><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p><p>We'Need'a'Process</p></li><li><p>The'5'Big'Questions1. What&amp;makes&amp;this&amp;writing&amp;good?&amp;2. What&amp;would&amp;make&amp;it&amp;better?&amp;3. Whats&amp;the&amp;one&amp;most&amp;important&amp;thing&amp;the&amp;writer&amp;wants&amp;the&amp;reader&amp;to&amp;know?&amp;</p><p>4. Why&amp;did&amp;the&amp;writer&amp;write&amp;this?&amp;5. What&amp;else&amp;does&amp;the&amp;reader&amp;need&amp;to&amp;know?&amp;&amp;</p><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>The'5'Big'QuestionsAsk&amp;and&amp;(try&amp;to)&amp;answer&amp;these&amp;about&amp;your&amp;own&amp;writing,&amp;and&amp;when&amp;reviewing&amp;someone&amp;elses&amp;&amp;</p><p> Use&amp;them&amp;to&amp;identify&amp;how&amp;to&amp;spend&amp;revision&amp;energy&amp;</p><p>Make&amp;them&amp;a&amp;shared&amp;part&amp;of&amp;your&amp;newsroom&amp;work&amp;flow.&amp;&amp;</p><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>The'5'Big'QuestionsThe&amp;answers&amp;to&amp;these&amp;questions&amp;&amp;those&amp;actionable&amp;revisions&amp;&amp;fall&amp;into&amp;two&amp;categories:&amp;</p><p>1.&amp;&amp;Big&amp;Revisions&amp;2.&amp;&amp;Small&amp;Revisions</p><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Big'Revisions Fix&amp;conceptual&amp;elements&amp;that&amp;have&amp;a&amp;huge&amp;impact&amp;on&amp;your&amp;content&amp;</p><p> Must&amp;be&amp;done&amp;firstcc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Big'Revisions Voice:&amp;Does&amp;it&amp;sound&amp;appropriate&amp;for&amp;the&amp;</p><p>audience&amp;and&amp;topic?&amp;</p><p> Main&amp;Idea/Angle:&amp;Can&amp;you&amp;easily&amp;identify&amp;the&amp;angle&amp;or&amp;most&amp;important&amp;takePaway?&amp;</p><p> Key&amp;Details:&amp;Is&amp;there&amp;sufficient&amp;supporting&amp;information&amp;of&amp;different&amp;types?</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Big'Revisions Lede&amp;&amp;&amp;Nut&amp;Graf:&amp;Is&amp;the&amp;top&amp;of&amp;your&amp;story&amp;</p><p>enticing,&amp;engaging&amp;and&amp;relevant?&amp;</p><p> Organization:&amp;Are&amp;the&amp;ideas&amp;in&amp;the&amp;right&amp;order&amp;to&amp;lead&amp;to&amp;a&amp;logical&amp;conclusion?&amp;</p><p> Ending:&amp;Do&amp;you&amp;end&amp;with&amp;a&amp;clear&amp;sense&amp;of&amp;what's&amp;important&amp;and&amp;why&amp;to&amp;care?</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>How'to'Revise'Voice Tightly&amp;define&amp;your&amp;reader&amp;and&amp;a&amp;few&amp;characteristics&amp;of&amp;the&amp;kind&amp;of&amp;person&amp;they&amp;trust.&amp;&amp;</p><p> Write&amp;in&amp;a&amp;tone&amp;that&amp;reflects&amp;characteristics</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Small'Revisions Are&amp;more&amp;technical&amp;changes&amp;that&amp;improve&amp;readability,&amp;style&amp;and&amp;engagement&amp;</p><p> Should&amp;be&amp;made&amp;after&amp;big&amp;revisions</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Small'Revisions Concision&amp;&amp;&amp;Clarity:&amp;Is&amp;the&amp;writing&amp;free&amp;of&amp;</p><p>unnecessary&amp;words&amp;and&amp;phrases?&amp;Are&amp;the&amp;concepts&amp;clear?&amp;</p><p> Word&amp;Choice:&amp;Are&amp;verbs&amp;precise&amp;and&amp;words&amp;appropriate&amp;for&amp;audience&amp;&amp;&amp;topic?&amp;</p><p> Sentence&amp;Fluency:&amp;Does&amp;copy&amp;flow&amp;with&amp;different&amp;sentence&amp;structures&amp;&amp;&amp;lengths?</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Small'Revisions Heds&amp;&amp;&amp;Subs:&amp;Do&amp;you&amp;have&amp;enough&amp;to&amp;</p><p>break&amp;up&amp;content,&amp;assist&amp;organization&amp;and&amp;support&amp;skimming&amp;and&amp;scanning?&amp;&amp;</p><p> Word&amp;Count:&amp;Do&amp;you&amp;need&amp;to&amp;add&amp;or&amp;cut&amp;to&amp;reach&amp;length&amp;requirements?&amp;</p><p> Formatting:&amp;Does&amp;the&amp;format&amp;make&amp;the&amp;content&amp;easy&amp;to&amp;consume?</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>How'to'Revise'Sentences Delete&amp;unnecessary&amp;&amp;&amp;introductory&amp;phrases&amp;</p><p> Strike&amp;qualifiers&amp;&amp;&amp;superfluous&amp;modifiers&amp;</p><p> Combine&amp;or&amp;divide&amp;sentences&amp;to&amp;vary&amp;fluency,improve&amp;clarity</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>How'to'Revise'Verbs Replace&amp;weak&amp;verbs&amp;with&amp;those&amp;that&amp;convey&amp;action&amp;*and*&amp;how&amp;it's&amp;performed&amp;to&amp;increase&amp;clarity&amp;and&amp;concision&amp;</p><p> Example:&amp;"dashed"&amp;replaces&amp;"walked&amp;quickly"</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Fix&amp;formatting&amp;and&amp;SPUG&amp;errors.Edits</p><p>cc:'Suncatcher'Craft'Eyes'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/72663629@N00</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Edits Focus&amp;expressly&amp;on&amp;mechanics&amp;like&amp;spelling,&amp;punctuation,&amp;usage&amp;and&amp;grammar&amp;(SPUG)&amp;</p><p> Only&amp;done&amp;after&amp;revisions&amp;are&amp;complete</p><p>cc:'gastongaiduk'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/105553134@N05</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>The'Process1. Draft&amp;fast&amp;2. Make&amp;Big&amp;Revisions&amp;on&amp;your&amp;own&amp;work&amp;3. Check&amp;them&amp;off&amp;with&amp;your&amp;editor&amp;4. Do&amp;Small&amp;Revisions&amp;on&amp;your&amp;own&amp;work&amp;5. Check&amp;them&amp;off&amp;with&amp;a&amp;colleague&amp;or&amp;copy&amp;</p><p>editor&amp;6. Edit&amp;your&amp;own&amp;work&amp;7. Hand&amp;off&amp;to&amp;a&amp;copy&amp;editor</p><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>Pressed'for'time?1. Cut&amp;15P20%&amp;of&amp;the&amp;words&amp;&amp;&amp;phrases.&amp;</p><p>2. Read&amp;aloud&amp;to&amp;find&amp;typos&amp;and&amp;SPUG&amp;errors&amp;</p><p>*This&amp;has&amp;more&amp;impact&amp;than&amp;you&amp;think.*cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p>Questions?'Observations?</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>PresentaCon&amp;slides&amp;available&amp;at&amp;&amp;h3p://www.slideshare.net/Margot_Lester'</p><p>InformaCon&amp;on&amp;the&amp;strategies&amp;available&amp;at:&amp;h3p://bit.ly/TWFReviseEdit</p></li><li><p>cc:'shaire'productions'F'https://www.flickr.com/photos/9822107@N08</p><p>Thank'you!</p><p> 2016 by Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information contact Margot Lester at margot@thewordfactory.com</p></li><li><p>CONNECT WITH US</p><p>27</p><p>margot@thewordfactory.com stevepeha@gmail.com</p><p>thewordfactory.com | ttms.org |babw.me</p><p>@word_factory | @stevepeha</p><p>/margotlester | /stevepeha</p></li></ul>