Revising a Draft


  1. Examples of Revising

  2. Quotations on Revising

  3. Stategies for Successive Drafts
    Distinguish between Revising, Editing, and Proofreading

  4. Strategies for Successive Drafts

  5. Strategies for Successive Drafts

Examples of Revision

What is wrong with the following examples?

  1. GraphX -- An experimental graphics development environment research project (a paper title)

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  2. Thus there arises the question of whether a central database can be created in a manner which is consistent with the need for efficiency and breadth of scope.

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  3. The Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS) have several advantages. They

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  4. In order to pinpoint the requirements for an effective microchip development environment sufficiently to definitively obtain answers to the above questions, it is essential to be able to interview a wide variety of microchip developers who are knowledgeable and experienced in such matters.

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Quotations on Revising

Note: Don't the quotes above with the fewest words have the most impact? Therefore, omit needless words!

Stategies for Successive Drafts

  1. Try for content and organization in initial drafts.

  2. Let the document rest for a few hours or days before you revise for organization.

  3. Work a section at a time in the first drafts.

    Distinguish between Revising, Editing, and Proofreading

Strategies for Successive Drafts

All writing benefits from revision.

A Checklist

Here's a few new ideas:

Strategies for Successive Drafts

"Many readers will skip over formulas on their first reading of your exposition. Therefore, your sentences should flow smoothly when all but the simplest formulas are replaced by 'blah' or some other grunting noise." - Donald Knuth