ASE 333T - Revision - Revising: What it Is, What it Is Not...

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Revising: What it Is, What it Is Not ASE 333T What it is not: Revising is not retyping the original paper, minus spelling errors. It is not correcting grammar mistakes. It is not deciding where the commas go. It is not rearranging paragraphs, sentences or pages without rearranging any of the words or rethinking any of the ideas. It is not taking the comments on your original draft and following them step by step without attention to the unity of the writing and the coherence of ideas. (In other words, don't play "tell the teacher what you think she wants to hear." It usually doesn't help anyway.) What it is: When writers revise they demonstrate to themselves and to their readers a consciousness and control of their thinking through their writing. In practice, revision is a re-entering of the writing process. It can start anywhere and its effect is total. Revision is global. You cannot alter one part of an entity without disturbing each of its parts. If the revision process were a graph of lights, the movement would not be linear, but
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ASE 333T - Revision - Revising: What it Is, What it Is Not...

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