6Step IV: Revise Your Writing—An Overview

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Name the eight points on the Editor’s Checklist.

• Diagnose what’s wrong with a poorly written document.

• Make the first of five sweeps in revising a document.

Every writer needs an editor, and you can learn to be your own.

OLD ATTITUDE

Combine writing and revising. Make the first draft perfect or nearly perfect. Then, go over the draft once at the end to correct errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typing.

NEW ATTITUDE

Separate writing from revising. Write a first, imperfect draft quickly. Then revise systematically.

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