Great pieces of writing emerge in the process of revision.
One true thing about revision is this: it’s an awful lot of work. In fact, it’s so much work that many writers, especially new writers, often avoid it.
Revision requires the ability to look at your own work objectively, to assess its strengths and weaknesses, to shrewdly identify where the piece has gone wrong and what you must do to fix it, to consider and incorporate the feedback of others without allowing it to overwhelm your own sense of purpose.
Above all, effective revision requires taking ownership of your writing and rewriting it, not so much to fit a rubric or to please a teacher but to fulfill your own vision for the piece.
This series of videos will help you to see the process of revision in all of its challenge, excitement, frustration, and satisfaction through the eyes of undergraduates at the University of Michigan. These clips address some of the most frequently asked questions about the revision process, including:
- How do I make a revision plan?
- How can I best manage my time in the revision process?
- How do I incorporate feedback from others?
- How do I deal with frustration in the revision process?
- What is the difference between editing and revision?
- How can I use sources to develop my idea?
Here’s another true thing about revision: it’s the only way to move a piece of writing from mediocre to good, or from good to great.
Click here to learn more about the authors of this site, Christine Modey, Elizabeth Homan, and Elizabeth Rodrigues.
We are grateful to the students who shared their reflections on revision with us: Mike Dewitt, Sylvia Lorenzini, Meghan O’Connor, Shirley Shue, Zeinab Khalil, Josh Kim, Melissa Danko, and Hannah Tasker. Click here to read more about these fantastic students.
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