Editing For Clarity

You will have noticed that I require several re-writes of your term paper. This is because all the literature indicates -- and I have found by experience -- that a good paper comes out of repeatedly re-writing. The first and second draft are simply manipulations of your notes and becoming more familiar with the material.

By the third re-write you are finally in a position to sit back and consider the clarity and sense of your paper. Are you really making sense? Do your ideas flow in a reasonable sequence? Is your paper organized in a manner that best presents your ideas?

Another approach to re-writing is to have one or more other people read your paper and ask you questions. What you think is clear as a bell may turn out to be very foggy to someone else trying to understand your writing.


Please send comments to: Colby Glass, MLIS

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