Revising your text

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Revising your text


Revising your text can often help you improve it, and make it more readable. As you write, you develop a better understanding of the content, and see things that need changing.

A part of the writing process

Revision is an important part of writing a text, and it is material to the writing process. Having to rewrite a text does not mean you are a bad writer. On the contrary, it means that you are able to see the text from the reader’s perspective, and recognize its strengths and weaknesses.

We revise texts by

  • adding elements that are missing
  • rearranging the different parts of the text
  • changing how we frame topics
  • clarifying things that are unclear
  • changing various words and wordings
  • removing parts that are no longer relevant

Asking questions about the text

When you start revising your text, you should ask yourself some questions:

  • What am I trying to say here?
  • What do I have to do to help the reader understand what I want to say?
  • How can I improve this text?

Different levels of text revision

A text can be revised on several different levels, depending on what stage of the writing process you are in.

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