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Ways to Approach Revision

This vidcast talks about how writers might approach the revising process. Unlike editing, which tends to focus on final proofreading, revising often involves major changes to a document. Revising might be necessary at the document level, the chapter level, the paragraph level, or the sentence level. For each of these levels, revision can be thought of as a series of small, more specific tasks. 

Handout

Quick Tips for Revising (PDF)

There are four major levels at which revision in writing occurs, each of which flows into another. The document and chapter levels form more broad, global levels of writing, whereas the paragraph and sentence levels form more narrow, local levels of writing. Through a series of guiding questions, this handout offers useful revising tips at each level of writing.