Getting Started with Revising and Editing

Once you have written a solid first draft of your essay or paper, you can begin refining, revising, editing, and polishing your writing. At this point, you may think of a title that captures the essence of your topic and theme.

After the first review is completed, edit and revise the essay. You may find it helpful to read your draft aloud, or ask someone you trust to review your essay. Editing involves looking at the grammatical and mechanical content of your work. Revising means not only looking at grammar but also the overall effect of the essay. Editing and revising ensure that the final draft fits the assignment and audience, is grammatically and mechanically correct, and is well organized and supported.