When you finish writing, you should revise it. After you revise it, you may need to return to either of the previous stages (prewriting or writing) to make improvements to your writing. For example, you may need to do more brainstorming if you don’t have enough ideas to write about. You also may need to do additional drafting if you decide to delete one of your supporting paragraphs.
Many people divide the revising stage into revising and editing. Revising focuses on making changes to improve the clarity of your ideas and organization. Editing focuses on making changes to improve the clarity of your grammar. Revising should be completed before editing so that you do not spend time fixing the grammar in sentences you may delete when you begin revising.
You should always read through your writing to identify mistakes you have made. As you revise your own work, you may need to add, delete, or move text. Write down or mark anythin that you want to ask a friend/tutor to help you with.
When you look for errors, you may be surprised how many errors you are able to identify on your own. Here are some strategies specific to proofreading your writing for errors in grammar and mechanics.
Start by simply reading through your writing for typos. Then look through your paragraph for basic grammar that you know well. For example, you can check to make sure every sentence has a subject and a verb (and that they agree).
Read your paragraph out loud. You may notice mistakes that you didn't see before.
Try to finish your drafting and revising with enough time to give yourself some distance from what you wrote. After you finish writing, do something active that doesn't involve writing and then come back to your writing and read through it again.
If you are not writing for a test, have a friend or a tutor review your writing. Then use the feedback you get to make changes.
Many teachers use coding symbols like the following to mark specific types of errors. If your teacher uses codes, make sure you clearly understand what the codes mean and how to fix the error.
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