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Unformatted text preview: 125 You Know This You already revise in your everyday life. • You get dressed and then change because something doesn’t look right. • You rework your résumé each time you look for a better position. Understand What Revision Is Revising is looking for ways to make your ideas clearer, stronger, and more convincing. When revising, you might add, cut, move, or change whole sentences or paragraphs. Editing is correcting problems with grammar, style, usage, and punc- tuation. While editing, you usually add, cut, or change words and phrases instead of whole sentences or paragraphs (as you might while revising). Revising and editing are two different ways to improve a paper. Most writers fi nd it diffi cult to do both at once. It is easier to look fi rst at the ideas in your essay (revising) and then to look at the individual words and sentences (editing). Revising is covered in this chapter, and editing is covered in Chapters 22–41. No one gets everything right in a draft — even professional writers need to revise. The tips below will help you with the revising process. TIPS FOR REVISING • Take a break from your draft — set it aside for a few hours or a whole day. • Read your draft aloud, and listen to what you have written. • Imagine yourself as one of your readers. • Get feedback from a friend, a classmate, or a colleague (see the next section of this chapter). • Get help from a tutor at your college writing center or lab. 9 Revising Your Draft Improving Your Essay ■ IDEA JOURNAL Write about a time you wish you’d said or done something differently, what those differences would have been, and why you think they would have served your purpose better. ¡ WRITING ESSAYS 126 Part One • How to Read and Write in College You may need to read what you have written several times before de- ciding what changes would improve it. Remember to consider your audi- ence (the people who will read your essay) and your purpose (your reason for writing it). Understand What Peer Review Is Peer review is the exchange of feedback on a piece of writing among fel- low students, colleagues, or friends. Getting comments from a peer is a good way to begin revising your essay. Other people can look at your work and see things that you might not — parts that are good as well as parts that need more explanation or evidence. The best reviewers are honest about parts that could be better but also sensitive to the writer’s feelings. In addition, they are specifi c. Reviewers who say a paper is “great” without offering further comment do not help writers improve their work. BASICS OF USEFUL FEEDBACK • It is given in a positive way. • It is specifi c. • It offers suggestions....
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This note was uploaded on 07/17/2011 for the course COM 156 taught by Professor Hampton during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.
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