Why Revise ? Revision Process in Writing Facts about Revision • For the novice writer, revision appears to be synonymous with editing or proofreading. • Students should discuss positive rather than negative aspects of their writings when revising. • The computer can offer real facilitation of revision "to writers who know how to compose on one." • The whole essay should be more important than its parts. Questions to Ask Yourself • What is my purpose? • Do all of my paragraphs work towards fulfilling that purpose? • Are all my ideas (body paragraphs)adequately developed/proven? • Do my paragraphs build from weakest to strongest? • Does my introduction grab attention and give an overview of my topic? • Does my conclusion do more than simply “restate” the thesis? Do I make global connections and prove why my topic is important? Things to put off till Later: • • • • • • Is this word better than that word? Do I need a comma here? Is this spelled right? How many sentences should I have here? Does this sentence sound awkward? Have I taken out all my “you” and “I” ?