While editing probably isn't your favorite step in the writing process, it is an important one—especially when it comes to persuasive writing. You're not likely to win many supporters for your arguments if your work is filled with misspelled words, grammatical errors, or punctuation problems.


  • Each sentence starts with a capital letter.
  • All names of people and places begin with a capital letter.
  • Titles in a person's name begin with a capital letter.
  • Each important word in a title (that doesn't refer to people) begins with a capital letter.
  • Handwriting is neat or the paper is printed from a computer.
  • Story starts at the beginning, or with the most exciting event.
  • Beginning and ending make sense.
  • Quotation marks surround all words that are part of a direct quote.
  • Commas separate items in a list, appear within sentences that have direct quotes.
  • All sentences end with a period or other appropriate ending punctuation.
Spelling and Sentences
  • Words are spelled correctly. If you are using a computer, remember to use the spell check function.
  • All sentences are complete and include a subject and a verb.
  • All subjects and verbs agree.

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