Permalink for this paragraph 0 As I was reading about making revisions in Craft of Research, I was thinking about how it is actually very logical it is to revise from global issues in my argument then move on to sentence level problems. I seem to start with little sentence level problems and then maybe look at the argument.
Permalink for this paragraph 0 This may be because it is easier to fix a few commas, than to look at how an entire argument works together. or maybe just being lazy. I do know, however, that my first draft is always the hardest to write and revise, but once I have a cleaned up version of whatever it is that I am writing, I can start to look at the paper as a whole rather than a grouping of sentences and paragraphs.
Permalink for this paragraph 0 Revising for grammar and style are important, because without clarity and decent grammar a paper would fail to get its argument across, but revising in order to perfect one’s argument is more important, in my opinion. Grammar definitely helps argument, and it is very important. However, if one has perfect grammar but a poor argument the paper fails to convey its message to the reader, which was, after all, the point of writing it.
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This semester I have had to write more papers than in any semester thus far, (this is mostly my fault for taking three English classes, but oh well) and in the process of revising I have found that I tend to look at only local issues such as spelling and grammar in papers if I only look at the paper on the computer. When I look over the printed copy, and even more so when I have someone else read over a hard copy and comment on the paper both as individual parts and as a whole, I tend to look at the global issues in the paper — flow, argument, continuity, etc.
In writing this much this year I have gotten lots of practice with both drafting and revising. I also learned what a valuable resource google docs can be if I use it well. It also doesn’t hurt that google docs is online and therefore safe from any number of accidents that could hurt my computer.
Permalink for this paragraph 0 This semester has been a lot of work but now that it is coming to a close, I can see how my writing has improved. And even though I never again want to take three English classes at once, I don’t think that I will dread writing papers as much as I did when I first came to St. Norbert.