Revising an Essay


Revision means just what it says: a re-vision. To revise is to see again, to reconceive your original essay. It does not mean simply to fix the first draft, rearranging phrases, correcting errors or improving diction. It is a creative task. Begin with global revision and then, when you have a reasonable draft, focus on local revision (on "fixing" individual paragraphs, sentences, words, and mechanics).

Begin by rereading the essay assignment. Then, to get a fresh perspective, think about how you would approach it if you were beginning from scratch, and write down your ideas. Next, read through your essay and answer the following questions in complete sentences and provide supporting details.

After completing your critique, develop an agenda for revising the essay, and write answers to the following questions.