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English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn Revision: A Process Guide Revision is not something to be done thirty minutes before class or even thirty minutes the night before; instead, it should be an ongoing process—this is how professional writers work. Ideally, you should allow several days to work through the comments you receive; give yourself time to “know” your essay thoroughly. Below is a process I recommend for revising this or any essay: 1. Print a clean draft of the essay. 2. Begin tackling organizational problems or things I’ve recommended you add. 3. Re-read the text or sections you’re addressing with an eye toward new evidence or support for your arguments. Be open to newfound evidence that might challenge your central claim: it might lead to a broader interpretation for your overall essay. Incorporate any new evidence into your revision. 4. Correct any stylistic, typing, grammatical, or formatting problems I’ve noted on your first draft. Get this stuff out of the way and make notes about recurring problems.
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