Revising the first draft of your article

No matter how qualified and experienced writer you are you will always find room for improvement in your content. The first draft of your article no matter how carefully written always has a margin of error. You must always revise and edit your work before you submit it for approval or publish it on the web. Even the professional writers can make mistakes and no one in this world is perfect. It will not take long to proof read your work. All you have to do is follow a few simple steps to ensure your content is free of mistakes. Here are a few important tips for revising the first draft of your article.

Steps to revise your first draft

  • The first step is to give your article a quick reading. This is not for spotting errors but this quick read is done to see the flow of your article. You should see that your article has a natural flow and does not have gaps in the writing. The paragraphs should be in a logical order.
  • The second step is to get a hard copy of your article. Get a print out of your article and read it thoroughly. This way you will spot mistakes, typos and grammar errors that you missed on the computer screen. Highlight the areas that need to be changed. You can do this by a colored pencil or encircling the mistakes.
  • You can get a neutral opinion on your article by asking a colleague, friend or family to read it. Ask them not to look for grammar or typos but look for the overall flow and sense of the article. Have you succeeded in delivering your message to your audience properly?

Editing and proofreading

The first step of revision has been completed. Now you should move to proof reading and editing. The first step involved looking for the overall look and direction of your article. Once that is done you should then do the proof reading and editing. This step includes looking for:

  • Typos and spelling mistakes. It is a good idea to read your sentences backwards so that you can focus on every word individually.
  • Sentence structure and breaking down long open ended sentences into smaller ones to avoid confusion
  • Repetitive sentences and words
  • Usage of words. Sometimes a word is not suitable at a certain place regardless of its meaning.