Revising and Editing
The point that Vasallo (2001) has tried to make in “Protect Your R.E.P.! Revise, Edit, and Proofread” is that writers often make the mistake of working with their documents in the wrong order after the initial drafting stage. In order to ensure that the message the writer is trying to convey is sent in the most effective manner, he urges writers to revise before editing. To do this, Vasallo provides a pretty clear system. “When revising, writers CARE, Changing, Adding, Reorganizing/reformatting, and Eliminating their ideas at the service of the purpose and audience” (p. 103). To do this, writers need to look at the ideas in paragraph by paragraph to be sure that they flow and are readable. Writers then need to consider if they need to add more information or headers, bullets, and graphics to help convey their message. After the revision stage, editing should take place. Here is where the writer examines the work sentence by sentence and word by word to check for voice, tone, conciseness, parallelism, modification, diction, and mechanics. Symbols will be examined for correct punctuation as well.
Some proofreading issues that Vasallo mentions that I know I will want to focus on are being able to catch typos and spacing errors. Often after I have worked with a document for a period of time, I tire of it and don’t think those types of issues are as important as the overall message, but I see how a misspelled word could distract my reader or make my writing seem unprofessional.
Vassalo, Philip. (2001). “Protect your R.E.P.! Revise, edit, proofread.” Words on the Line. 2001. pp.100-05.