The Art of Revision

The Art of Revision

Albert Einstein once said, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” Although Einstein was a scientist, his words hold true for the writing process as well. Whether your piece is promotional, academic, or anecdotal, revision is a step you don’t want to skip. As the last stage of the Yowling Creator’s Way, revision is where your piece comes alive and can reach perfection. With revision, be ready to slice, splice, erase, or elaborate for the sake of communication. Here are some things to keep in mind as you polish your piece…

Who Is Your Audience?

Have a clear idea of your target readers. This is the key to ensure your piece will be understood and well received. Put yourself in their shoes and try to view your writing through their eyes. Age, culture, gender, educational level, and regional idiosyncrasies are the focus of revision here. For example, if you’re writing for youth, then your vocabulary should be current, casual, and easy to understand. If you’re writing a dissertation, then there should be no contractions or direct address of the reader (“you”).

Revise for Style and Flow

Clarity is the key, no matter who your audience is. This means being concise and getting straight to the point. Shorter sentences and active verbs (“talk” vs. “is talking”) can help with this. Each sentence should flow smoothly into the next. The vocabulary and the rhythm of your thoughts need to create a uniform tone throughout your piece, so make sure each phrase is consistent with your overall purpose.

Revision with Grammar and Spell Check

Your word-processing functions won’t catch all the errors. These alone are what make the art of revision necessary. Nothing screams “unprofessional,” deters clients, or lowers your grade faster than simple spelling bloopers and grammatical blunders. The art of revision is more than just checking for spelling and grammar. It means making sure your words represent the polished image in your mind.

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”             — Albert Einstein

The brain also tends to fill in missing words. In this case, four eyes are better than two for fixing fragments and typos and catching stray commas. I suggest giving your piece to someone to read. Not only will this help you fix any miscommunication with an audience, you’ll get a chance to see if what you’ve written reflects the original idea you had in your head.

What do you check for in revision? How can Yowling Creator help? Let us know…





12 Responses to “The Art of Revision”

  1. Elena Medina says:

    Thank you for this article, it is very interesting I think that the Art of Revision is very important in any work that you do. I agree that my word-processing functions are unable to catch all the errors, and for that reason I need use The Art of Revision to organize my work to communicate my ideas in an comprehensible manner, with clarity and with the purpose that my audience receive the original idea in the very sense that I thought and provoke in them the feelings that you try to communicate.

  2. Cassandra Threadgill says:

    Revision is actually my favorite part of the process. I feel like my brain understands itself better. Checking for grammar,though, is hardest. I can’t seem to do it on my own paper, but find myself marking up the papers of others. This is why I would agree that it is helpful to ask someone to go over it as well. The more mistakes you catch the better your writing is.

  3. Suelen E Santos says:

    The revision is not my favorite part on the creation process. I love to brainstorm.
    The freedom of thinking and letting imagination flows is awesome. But the revision
    is probably one of the most important phases on communicating ideas to the world.
    That guarantees we make our creation clearer, understandable and grammatically
    correct. In my works, I check not only the whole piece, but also I go through each
    sentence, changing some words here and there in order to make it to get to the
    point. Checking grammar is indispensable as well and, whenever is possible, I share
    what I have done so far with someone else for proofreading.

  4. Miguel Gutierrez says:

    I like the revision process, because it helps me to correct the mistakes made. “The Art of Revision” can be also be describe/explain as follows: I)figuring out the errors, II) identifying what the person is trying to comunicate, III) make all the necessary corrections, IV)step back and explain why? “The Art of Revision” will always have the latest and clearest ideas from you the writer. Fresh ideas are always polished ideas from your mind:)

  5. Vanessa Walters says:

    I have have mixed feelings towards revision. On one hand, I love the process of watching my piece transform into something beautiful, but on the other hand, I never feel sure that it truly is a good creation. Like you mentioned in your article, I too find it very helpful to get second opinions. I think that it is especially helpful to ask a variety of people to reads it. One professional in English and someone who is well versed in my subject are always a must for my proofreaders. Also, asking someone who is in my target audience to read it before finishing the final product is perfect for my creation process.

  6. Christinah Uppal says:

    I have always been taught the importance of revision. It may not be something one is motivated to act upon. However, I have found when revising my paper I feel more refreshed and accomplished knowing I was able to give my best. I like Einsteins quote, it encouraged me to seek outside sources and receive input that would help benefit my papers and progress.

  7. Austin Santiago says:

    What do I check for in revision? Everything! Writing is certainly my strong point with in academia, and everything from simple syntax errors to basic spelling is a struggle. I heavily rely on my word processing applications to catch my spelling errors, which if without would be too many to count. Additionally I take note to ask others to help me with my papers as to help me in revision and editing, just as above, four eyes are better than two.

  8. Sandra funes says:

    The art of revision is like the icing on the cake, because it allows us to correct, and improve our writings.

  9. Yesica Caciano says:

    Following the yellowing creator way has many positive benefits. And one has been learning to revise. This has given me a personal growth and development in my writing and has helped me gain writing skills and organization to help others with revision and editing. Revising has not been a favorite thing but doing it has helped me learned to increase my self-esteem in writing and to have others help me catch what I can’t. I’m glad to be able to read all this comments and see how many of us seem to stubble into the same type of difficulties in the process

  10. Melvin J Banegas says:

    You mention perfection, I was wonder if such of attribute can be achieved in writing? I think if we are perfectionist, no, would be the answer; but I have learned with you that instead of perfection I search for beauty. The revision process with the Yowling creator has taught me to search for beauty, because every one admire and wish for something beautiful, and we know already, beautiful does not mean perfect, but the most precious gift that you can hold on forever. Thanks again for introducing me to the Yowling creator uniqueness.

  11. Maria Elena Lopez says:

    In a revision I try to check for who am I speaking to, what am I trying to state or tell my audience. Then I tray to use the materials that I have, when doing a revision like using the essay prompt, making sure I fallow the rubric and the guideline that I created. One think I do ask, if maybe yowling creator can have a section were writers can maybe post some of there creation and can be helped being edited from the public and professionals. Thank you.

  12. Revision is the last part of my creation. I didn’t know how to revise my creation before. Thanks GOD now I know what to look for and how to do it. I can make sure the message I want to give is clear for the reader. I am not sure I did a good job on my papers before. I am in a process of changing and becoming a better writer.

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