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Using Post-Writing Revision, the general process of going back

through your whole draft, from start to end, and

Strategies improving on or clarifying your writing subjects
meaning. This can include adding in taking
“That’s the magic of revisions – every cut is out, moving around, & publishing certain
necessary, and every cut hurts, but something parts of your draft to make it much more
new always grows” understandable and easier for reading.
-Kelly Barnhill Revision focuses on the bigger picture of your
draft so you can resolve any significant issues
 Post-writing is both an external and on content that may have otherwise been
internal: it helps us discover new hidden while you were writing.
meanings in our writing, ,and improve on Editing,sometimes known as proofreading,
communicating our ideas more clearly is the more meticulous process of clarifying
through reorganizing, rewording and meaning by revising each word and line
proofreading our work. of your draft. This includes your grammatical
 Post-writing strategies is applicable to all principles such as subject-verb agreement, verb
tense, noun and pronoun usage, prepositions,
writing output.
sentence transitions, and verb tense; and
 Post-writing strategies give us the chance to typographical matters such as punctuations,
know our strengths and weakness. spelling and capitalizations. Note that while
revision focuses on the bigger picture of your
draft while editing focuses on its finer details.
Now, you have arrived at the final stage of the STEPS IN REVISING YOUR DRAFT
writing process: post writing. This part entails
 Revision can be simplified in two steps.
looking over your draft critically, paying attention
The 1st step is, take a bird’s eye view
to content, organization, and mechanics by
using techniques like revising , editing, and of your draft, to reread it as a whole.
proofreading. While revising, editing, and 2nd step is reviewing your draft
proofreading are among the last things that you portion by portion and adding in, filtering
do when you finish writing a paper, they are not and re-organizing content according to
always the easiest. In fact, many students may form and flow.
take this part for granted– they think that once  There are also factors in writing may also
they have finished researching and writing their need to be considered. Writers look at the
papers, their work is complete. form they have used for their drafts, for
That is far from rewording, and reorganizing example. If your purpose for writing is to
your essays happens. Instead of being daunted describe a person or a place, then you
by the task, you should take this as an should be working on a descriptive
opportunity to improve your essay—after all, the essay. If you are shedding light on a
post writing stage is an opportunity for you to current event, then you should be
discover new ideas and better ways of working on an expository essay.
communicating those insights. This lesson will
introduce you to the techniques that you can use  Lastly, say you suddenly wanted to write
for effective revision. about the forest surrounding each hill
because you thought they added more
beauty. Do not be afraid to use the  Is the pace of my draft just right? Is it slow
inspiration; plunge right in and write enough so the reader is not left behind by
about it! Just make sure that your new my discussions? Is it fast enough so the
content ties in neatly and smoothly with reader’s interest still stays with me?
the rest of your draft.  Does the draft read smoothly and
coherently overall?
Essay Revision Checklist
 What are the strengths of my draft? How
 Do I have a big idea I want to express, an can I make these stand out more?
important message to send out? Do I
have an audience who will listen to me?  What are the weaknesses of my draft?
Who is my audience? How can I improve on these?

 What is my purpose for writing? Have I

achieved it? Steps in Editing your Draft

 What language and tone do I take in my  Once you have revised all the content of
writing? What point of view and voice? your draft to your liking, you can now
Are all these appropriate to my purpose proceed to the final stage of the writing
for writing, and the audience I am process: Editing. Remember that the
speaking to? editing is revising your draft line by line,
word per word.
 Do I have enough credibility to speak on
 According to proper grammar, spelling,
my chosen subject? Can I back up all of
capitalization, and punctuation. Editing
my discussions on the subject with
must be viewed as your final
confidence and sufficient knowledge?
preparations and changes on your
 Does my draft make a central point? draft before it faces your readers.
Have I defined the limits of my draft well,
so that only essential information is  As in revising, you will also be required
included? Is the context of my draft multiple re-readings of your draft in
established? editing, with each re-reading having a
different editing focus from the last ,so
 What form of writing does my draft take? you can spot errors more accurately. For
Is it the best value for my ideas to be example, take a first re-reading to check
expressed? only for subject-verb agreement and
 Does the beginning of my draft draw the correct pronoun usage. Your second re-
reader in? does it introduce my subject to reading will have you focus next on
the reader well? sentence fragments and run-on
sentences. Your third re-reading will
 Do my succeeding points support my focus on spelling, your forth re-reading
beginning statements? Does each idea on punctuations, and so o and so forth.
connect to the next one? Do all the You may need to make as many re-
sections of my draft move my readings as you can to minimize the risk
discussions on the subject forward, of error in your draft. This may take some
toward the conclusion? time on your part, but rest assured there
 Does the conclusion make the reader is nothing more satisfying than turning in
think? Does it answer all the reader’s a final draft in a final draft that reads
questions on my subject? effortlessly.