Editing. Most of us do not like it, and yet the final product depends so much on it! I have a paper due next week so I thought why not make a post about editing and brain storming.
1. Use the “search” part of the microsoft word to looks for words like very, really, like, and ing words, Those can sometimes be un-needed fillers.
2. Read out loud, Twice
3. First time read out loud, the whole paper, understand how the paper sounds, what are you making the reader feel, what is the message and such.
4. Second time, read out loud for mistakes, but paragraph by paragraph. Bit by bit. Take your time, Even read some paragraphs backwards to get the gist of the paragraph and to destroy any un- needed sentences.
5. Have a friend edit after you have edited yourself. Sometimes fresh eyes are powerful
6. Office hours. Try writing your drafts earlier to get better feedback. But use office hours for specific questions. Like is this sentence needed? Or should I support this point I made with evidence A or B.
7. Spell check.
8. Track changes so you can see how far you have come. Track changes should be the last step. Print out a fresh copy and then edit.
9. Office hours with the professor or professor in same disciplines.
10. See number 9. Now deconstruct. I recently was looking some feedback concerning a major paper I am writing. The professor I was speaking with said something along the lines of “Tell me an elevator speech of your paper. What is it? Why should I care? What question hides beneath your big picture, what evidence supports that picture, and what is your brand, your conclusion?” I responded with equanimity and received some nods and some no’s! We bounced ideas and changed some wording and I felt my writing become personalized, tightened and sincere to my big idea.
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