Why is revision important?
Writing is a process of discovery, and you don’t always produce your best stuff when you first get started.
So revision is a chance for you to look critically at what you have written to see:
if it’s really worth saying,
if it says what you wanted to say, and
if a reader will understand what you’re saying.
Think about your purpose in writing: Does your introduction state clearly what you intend to do? Will your aims be clear to your readers?
Practical advice for ensuring that your sentences are alive:
We consulted these works while writing this handout. This is not a comprehensive list of resources on the handout’s topic, and we encourage you to do your own research to find the latest publications on this topic. Please do not use this list as a model for the format of your own reference list, as it may not match the citation style you are using. For guidance on formatting citations, please see the UNC Libraries citation tutorial. We revise these tips periodically and welcome feedback.
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Lanham, Richard. Revising Prose. 5th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2007.
Lunsford, Andrea and Robert Connors. The New St. Martin’s Handbook. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.
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