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.