The Writing Process

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This page updated: 2/28/2020

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Revising & Editing in MI Write

The Goal:  


You will use MI Write to complete the revise & edit stages of the writing process.   Ask yourself these questions as you begin:

Does your rough draft answer your Essential Question?

Does your topic sentence fit your "voice"?

Does your conclusion sentence do a good job of restating the topic sentence?


Remember our video from the first lesson?  We learned the stages of the writing process.   Watch the video again.  Around 1:38 you will review revise & edit, so be ready to pause the video and review this section a few times. 

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Revising & Editing:  Review - One Thing or Two?

In the video, revising and editing appear to be two separate tasks, yet when we talk about them here, they are always lumped together.  So are they one thing or two?

Let's review the definitions: 

To revise means to improve an idea or thought in writing.  When you revise, you might move whole sections of text, improve sentence structure, or choose better words.

To edit writing means to correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, etc.  Another word for editing is "proofreading."

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Revision = Improving

Editing = Correcting

When talking about the writing scaffold, you may hear me say, "Don't worry about spelling, we will take care of that later."  The reason I say this because you need to improve your ideas first.  That's why revision comes first in the process.  You want your mind to focus on these questions:

  • Do my ideas logically flow from one to the next?

  • Does my writing make sense from beginning to middle to end?

  • Does my idea develop enough so that my conclusion sentence seems like a natural ending?

However, if you find you have a large amount of spelling errors, and they are distrating you, it's if OK to deal with them first.  You don't want to be distracted by your computer screen contents.

These questions need to be asked over and over when revising.  Remember, the reader is not in your head, so you must be clear when you write.