February 27, 2018

Essay Editing Techniques

Oftentimes you will be able to find further ways to clarify your message every time you come back to it another piece of advice is one. I’ve been stressing all semester long have someone else read over your paper to check for clarity check to see if the message that they receive from your writing lines up with the message that you intended to get across if not ask what parts through the law course again.

Though this past week we had the benefit of a more formal peer review to get you started in this direction you won’t have this advantage with every piece you write I highly suggest requesting your classmates or friend’s reviews on all of your future writings a point that you tried to make that you may have thought to be obvious.

For example, may have been missed completely by your reader defining your audience is also important first think about who you are writing your paper for then look over your paper again to get a feel for the tone that you use a paper used for entertainment purposes may sound light and cheery and may even use humor to keep its audience engaged a professional scholarly paper typically has above average readers as its audience here the author is likely to use a higher level of vocabulary and diction whatever your audience maybe it’s important to use a tone appropriate to them and to stay consistent throughout.

Here are some questions to use as the checklist when revising for your purpose and audience what’s the most important thing I want to say about my subject.

Who am I writing this paper for, what would my reader want to know about the subject, what does my reader already know about it, why do I think the set it is worth writing about, will my reader think the paper was worth reading, what verb explains what I’m trying to do in this paper?

For example, tell a story compare X&Y; describe Z etc. after you’ve done your best to clarify your purpose and audience work towards reshaping your paper in a way that makes the most sense and get your message across to the reader as clearly as possible make an outline of your paper and check to see if the organization is still conducive to your overall purpose.

Sometimes even if you make an outline prior to writing your paper you may find that your original structure didn’t work as well as you thought it would this step of revising consists of adding subtracting substituting or rearranging whole chunks of material until you come as close to perfect as you can with the ultimate goal of getting your message across to the reader as clearly as possible.