Assignment Writing – Revise As You Write
If a professional writer uses many drafts, why don’t most amateurs? Most novice writers assume that writing is done perfectly the first time. This is just not true. The finished piece and the first draft can be dramatically different. At other times the draft and final might be very similar.
Another mistake that amateur writers make is that they are afraid to be ruthless when they are editing. Because it can be a struggle just to make the word count, they don’t want to delete sentence or paragraphs that might be written poorly.
Good writers are both inventors and editors. Two parts. The first part is to come up with the material – the innovators stage. The editing part is the reviewing and revising stage, where most the deleting should take place.
This applies when you are writing assignments or essays as well. Often a student will get an essay topic and research, research, research. Once they feel that they have enough research, then they will try to write the essay. This is not the ideal way to write an essay. The student should begin writing immediately. An essay plan is helpful but this should be brief and act as a guide or prompt.
It is also very helpful to have a friend or family member read your essay. A fresh set of eyes and perspective might be just what you need. Do not be afraid of criticism from those who read your writing. Take that feedback and make your writing fantastic.