Writing is revising again, and again, and again

I finished a paper in an independent study over last semester. The professor congratulated me on a job well done. It was hard to do. It seemed near impossible sometimes. Especially since I picked a topic with little completed research. The point of the independent study was also so I could work on my writing.

So, I came up with a list of things to read for when revising a paper…

First read through:

relevance and redundancy

Second read through:

quoted material vs. “original” material – this is to help make sure things aren’t being missed

Third read through:

Sentence structure, passive voice, adverbs

Fourth read through:

organization, format, cites, spell check

Fifth read through:

still need to continue rereading if any large changes have been made.

*I came up with this when I was nearing the end of my editing/revising/rewriting