Revising is the Key to Writing

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College writers write multiple drafts and revise the entire essay or large sections of the essay for higher order writing concerns of meaning, structure, logical development, and concrete support of ideas and assertions. Revising the college essay is far more than simple editing for grammar and word choice. College essays must say something important and meaningful. Deep Revision helps to ensure that the essay says something interesting and worthwhile. Throughout High School I wrote for an educational finance website for high school students called, Investeens. I was the Head Writer for the “Tech Talk” section and reported on different sectors of the technology world as it related to finance. This was my first exposure to “professional” writing. As I sat down to write this essay I read over all the articles I wrote, and it was honestly painful. All I was doing was spewing out facts and observations without any support or general analysis. It disgusted me because I could see myself writing like that now, and I asked myself why that was. When we came into your class on the first day you begged the question, how does one learn to write? We all guessed haphazardly until someone finally said “through analysis”. I don’t think I fully understood what that actually meant. You described this as looking at the situation in front of you and asking why. Why did you write that? Why did you write it that way and not this other way? And by answering these simple questions you not only create a more meaningful essay but an understanding of yourself as the writer and that’s more important then anything you can ever write down. After taking this course I probably wont ever look at the essays I have written ever again, however, through writing t... ... middle of paper ... ...asking yourself “why?” and that asking yourself why you do something is a way to understand yourself. We as writers need to accept that we and by associating, our work, is never perfect. We can always use editors and outside help to guide us in our path to the best we can be. Revising is the most important part to any essays creation because at this point the writer uncovers any structural mistakes. Before you ever consider yourself done with an essay, find a writing partner. Ask them to review your paper and give you reader feedback on its strengths and weaknesses. Review their papers and provide feedback. Reviewing the work of others helps you to understand and improve your own writing. Works Cited Zelin, Garrett. "4G a Forgery?" Investeens. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. .
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