AT&D #11. Revision in Writing

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How much revision do you engage in while writing your first draft? Do you work from word to word, sentence to sentence, or paragraph to paragraph? How much effort do you place in word choice and style?

During my revision process, the most important aspect of my writing that I consider the most important to correct is sentence/paragraph structure with regards to how well it flows grammatically and content-wise to simply eliminating wordiness. In the past, I have faced these issues when my work was proofread and I had sought to improve on these mistakes when I proofread myself. Specifically speaking, I always checked to see if there are words and/or phrases I wrote that conveyed more than they should (including the removal of sentences that simply do not connect with an idea, even though I initially thought they did). More so, I also always had a problem with using passive verbs (such as “are,” “being,” and “was”) and I do my best to minimize on their usages, even though they are tough to avoid using.

Regarding planning and outlining, I rarely do either at this point of my educational learning stage as I write papers consistently, I am used to putting my thoughts down in writing and letting my skill of separating ideas into their own paragraphs guide me through. As a result of this, I generally let the revision process (whether done by myself or by a professional) shape the final form of what my paper will ultimately be read as. Even so, I always reread and fix any mistakes I know I have committed to simplify the revision process I may receive from a professional and to become better at avoiding these issues.

With that said, the amount of revision I partake in for a first draft is relatively more extensive than that of subsequent drafts as oftentimes, the comments and notes a professional or myself will directly point to the problems of a paper which, if correctly fixed, will translate into a strong paper with less to no mistakes by a final draft. Upon revising, I work from mainly two angles: word- to-word and sentence-to-sentence as most of my common (aforementioned) mistakes are within those confines. Finally, with regards to word choice and style, I value it a lot as it sets the tone, mood and professional structure of a paper; in order to accomplish this, I always use college-level vocabulary and adjectives/modifiers to express my diction, whatever it may be.

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