Chapter 2- Setting the Stage

Important Notes for Drafting:

Keep all work even if it isn’t your best so you have writing to revise and edit when it is time.

Write more about about less. “Don’t write that the “Holocaust was inhuman”; describe a “mountain of children”s shoes. Don’t write about how messy your brother is; tell the reader h ow you hate finding hair on the soap.””

Be specific while writing, avoid missing details.

It becomes difficult to remember ideas when taking a break from writing. When taking a break it is a good idea to write some ideas of what you were planning to write next or what your were previously writing about.

Important Notes for Revising:

Revising work is looking for the six traits in a piece of writing and ensuring they are all present.

Some important things to look for while revising: “add detail. take out filler, craft a new lead or conclusion, make transitions stronger, change the order of things, write from the heard to add voice, make the verbs stronger, re-craft sentences.”

Remember that revising and editing are different.

Revision is structural work that is done to a piece of writing. Paragraphs can be moved or deleted.

Editing is the fine details that are changed before publication. Simple word changes, adding better concluding sentences.


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