Saint Mary's University Writing Centre

Halifax, NS

A Case for Revision

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Marshall University's Writing Center Blog

As has been mentioned on our blog, writing is a process. It is not a clinical process where a writer sits down, writes everything out perfectly the first time, and is done. Novel finished with a movie deal on the way, and it is not even time for second breakfast. This is probably the strangest fiction about writing that I grew up with. While I spent years hearing about the writing process or that writing is a process, I spend quite a long time not understanding what that meant and just how important and useful a skill revision is.

How often have you written something for a class or a deadline and never looked at it again? This piece that you spent anywhere from an hour to a week working on disappears into your folder or bag or maybe in the trash or recycle bin. How will it ever get…

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