Why We Need to Revise, Edit and Proofread!

You might have a romantic notion of writing as a spontaneous, sudden, act of inspiration whereby your thoughts immediately pour onto the page in perfect finished form!

It’s true that some writers write this way and legitimately conceive of writing in this manner, but for academic purposes, it’s better to conceive of writing as an act of discovery and revision.

We don’t simply write what we think. We use writing as a way of thinking. And, in increments, we make discoveries through writing, and then revise according to our newly formed ideas, then write some more, discover more, and then revise again. And so on.

So, we suggest that you see your academic writing as a process of writing drafts in which you make discoveries and, through the constant revision process, finally articulate precisely what it is you actually want to say.

Think of your writing as taking place in three successive phases:

  • Revision
  • Editing
  • Proofreading