Next, you'll want to revise your work. Revision is especially important in persuasive writing—you want to be certain that you've presented the most compelling argument possible. This is the time to make sure that what you've written is easy to read, factual and above all, convincing. Remember, revising your work doesn't involve making changes to spelling, grammar, or punctuation (we'll get to that in the next step). Instead, the revision process concentrates on the content alone.

Use the revision process to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Add additional information that may be needed to better explain or describe elements of the story.
  • Rearrange existing information in a more logical order that flows well and makes your history easy to comprehend.
  • Remove unneeded information that may detract from the overall message of your interview.
  • Replace existing text with better wording or description that gives additional insight into the life and history of the person you interviewed.

As you revise your work, ask yourself the following questions

  • Is my position on an issue is clearly stated and evident throughout the work?
  • Are my opinions clear and do my facts support my opinions?
  • Does my information flow easily from one paragraph to another?
  • Did I stay focused on my point of view throughout the writing?
  • Did I save the most compelling or strongest point for the end of the paper?
  • Does my writing make sense? Am I convinced? Will my readers be convinced?
  • Did I repeat any words or phrases too often?

Print Editing/Revising Checklist