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Writing and Editing: What Is the Difference?

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Writing and Editing: What Is the Difference?
Just when you thought you were done writing your paper, you realize you still need to revise and edit. But what does that mean? The two are easy to confuse, but it is important for students to understand the difference. Revision starts once you have a finished first draft of your paper.

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Revising a paper

Revision starts once you have a finished first draft of your paper. As you reread what you have written, you might notice a few places wher...

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Tips for Revision

  • Give yourself time between writing the first draft and looking at it again for revision. A few hours can give you enough time to se...

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Editing a paper

It happens once you have a draft you are confident in as a whole. In this process, you are going to look for the details that may have slip...

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Things to Look for When Editing

  • Look for spelling and capitalization errors that your editing software may have missed.
  • Punctuation can make a big impact o...

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Common errors

Most writing mistakes are widespread, but good writers just get better at spotting them. Some things you'll learn to watch for are:

  • Overuse of jargon and business-speak, like "utilize" or "endeavor" instead of "use" or "try."
  • Clichés are stale phrases that have lost their impact and novelty through overuse. If you are used to seeing it in print, don't use it.
  • The passive voice. The subject of the sentence should be the person or thing taking action, not the thing being acted on. "Harry wrote this article," is better than "This article was written by Harry."
  • Rambling. When you are not sure what you want to say, it is easy to phrase it in three or four different ways. A single concise sentence is generally better.

Give it some space

When you write something, you get very close to it. It is nearly impossible to distance yourself from it straight away to edit properly.

The longer you can leave a draft before editing, the better. Half an hour to two days is enough of a break to edit well. When you do edit, read your work out loud. You'll catch more problems and get a better feel for how everything flows.

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"Why should you examine your writing style with the idea of improving it? Do so as a mark of respect for your readers, whatever you’re writing.

The “5 Ws + H” method

... for establishing what and how you will write:

  • Who: Who is my audience?
  • What: What do they need to know?
  • When: When does this apply, when did this happen, or when do they need to know it by?
  • Where: Where is this happening?
  • Why: Why do they need this information?
  • How: How should they use this information?