Do You Edit?

Erin Feldman, the founder of Write Right, wrote an article called 5 Things to Do before Approaching an Editor. I found this article through Maggie Goncerz on her twitter post. Personally, I have no interest in writing my own work and submitting it to an editor, at least no interest as of now, but when reading this article it listed a lot of valuable tips that everyone should take into consideration. She starts the article by saying there isn’t nothing like handing in a paper to one’s professor in college, which caught my attention immediately.
Why is it that handing in a college paper isn’t automatically considered something to take very seriously? Being in college now, I’ve spoken with fellow students and some of them have vocalized their own writing habits. Usually they are polar opposite and some will either have the paper done in advance or they’ll be up all night the night before it’s due. For the students that complete their homework the night before it’s due, the following questions come to mind: Did you receive good grades? Was the paper written to your best ability?
Yes, it is possible to receive decent grades while writing them last minute, but it isn’t always the case. The paper being completed the night before usually isn’t completed with the student’s best ability. By that time of night, you’re tired and just want the paper to be done. This is where I believe Feldman’s tips can help!
Although she is discussing a more professional piece of writing, I believe they can also help to improve a student’s writing as well. A couple suggestions are to use one’s best ability when revising, and be ready to have someone else read it. Revision is excellent because some mistakes can be made and without revisions the student will have points deducted due to those mistakes that could have been easily avoided. Also, when anyone is writing a paper they can usually tell by the time they’ve completely finished if it’s either something they’re really proud of or just handing in. Writing should be more than just something anyone has to do. Writing should be a time to construct a paper that one is extremely proud of and wants to share with the world.

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One thought on “Do You Edit?

  1. I completely agree with your assessment of the attitude that should be taken toward any work, including college. I’ve just found – after taking many classes and being friends with many adjuncts and professors – that college papers sometimes are regarded less seriously. I say “sometimes” because it isn’t always the case. I learned to avoid absolute statements unless I could prove them while writing all those college papers.

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