Revision and Recursion

Revision and Recursion

What revising and editing are and what they’re not; what you’re looking for when you’re revising and editing; some general guidelines; where the grammar and spell-check tools fit in.


I. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading as Distinct Steps

Welcome to Revision and Recursion! At the end of Writing to Engage, we said that the carpenter’s work was almost done, but almost is the key word here. Certainly, your initial draft is done. Even so, the carpenter has not quite finished constructing your document.

Specifically, before you send your document to your supervisor, there are still three important steps to take: revising, editing, and proofreading. Unfortunately, many...