Archive for the ‘What strategies do you use to revise your work?’ Category

Asking for and Accepting Help

Although I am already three weeks behind schedule, my final project (a proposed 60 page thesis) is not looming over me with threats of missed deadlines and canceled graduation ceremonies—at least, not yet! This week, I began to outline and flesh out one chapter, about accumulation and inheritance, both of which I am arguing are […]

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Picturing Revision: Looking at Writing through a Fresh Set of Eyes

Earlier in my academic career, revision meant a total tear down. I would write and write and write and when I couldn’t say anything more about the topic I would start to take it apart. Whole pages and paragraphs would be sacrificed to the revision process. It wouldn’t matter if I had spent hours working […]

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A Dozen Revisions

My overall revision strategy is to approach my writing knowing that I will constantly rewrite and revise from start to finish. The image below is a screenshot of the multiple versions of a research paper I wrote last semester for an independent study. I saved the document as a new version whenever I made significant […]

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My Writing Life/My Revision Life

My writing life has changed once more and so have my revision strategies. No longer a student with 15- to 20-page papers to write, I have lovingly put the anthologies and literature on the bookshelf. I have the backup for my thesis safely stored both in hardcopies and on a flash drive. I can’t say […]

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Embracing the Mess: The Revision Process

In December, I had a great idea for the blog topic.  A comic! I thought. It’ll be a fun break from my typical blog entries! I immediately started drafting up ideas for that month’s topic on the best “gifts” received as a writer. I decided to write about some fellow consultants and their writing gifts […]

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Revision Roadmaps: Helping Others Rework Their Drafts

Our CWE blog topic this month is about revision strategies. How do we revise our work? What does our revision process look like? Although my revision process itself is complex, I can describe it rather simply: it’s a mess. It’s difficult to say how, exactly, I revise because I’m constantly reworking sentences and paragraphs as […]

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