Questions to Help you fix your mistakes.
WRITING YOUR FINAL COPY
- Do you need a cover page?
- Do you need illustrations?
- Is your name in the appropriate place?
- Do you need to type or write in pen?
- Read your work aloud.
- Create an audiotape.
- Include illustrations with your written form.
- Does each sentence have a subject, a verb, and a
- Have you run two sentences together incorrectly without a
period, conjunction or semicolon separating them?
- Does each paragraph have a topic sentence which states the main idea?
Have you used examples and vivid specific details to describe your topic?
- Have you used explanatory sentences to give your opinion or judgment on
Have you left out any words in your sentences?
Have you included sentences which pertain only to that idea?
Do you like to work right at the computer?
Use the Conventions checklist here.
- Have you used
checklists to edit?
Get some distance from the text! It's hard to edit or proofread a
paper that you've just finished writing--it's still too familiar, and you
tend to skip over a lot of errors. Put the paper aside for a few hours,
Go for a walk. The point is to clear your head of what you've written so you
can look at the paper fresh and see clearly what is really on the page.
Give the document the good old spell and grammar check with Microsoft
Word. This will catch any remaining flaws, however use common sense - some grammar suggestions
are not suitable - so read and think (rat) before you delete.
Trust your ear.
Keep related words together -- adjectives next to their nouns. The
important words go at the end of the sentence; the important sentences go at
the end of the paragraph.
Give the paper to a friend. Someone who is reading the paper for the
first time, comes to it with completely fresh eyes.
Rules of Comma use:
A comma followed by the word
"but" is okay.
2. Commas separating a list
of things are okay.
3. Commas setting off parenthetic expressions are okay.
4. Other commas, however, need careful consideration - should it be a semicolon? a
colon? an EM-dash? or parentheses?
- Decide what medium lets you proofread most carefully.
- Find a quiet place to work. Don't try to do your proofreading in
front of the TV or listening to a CD. Find a place where you can concentrate
and avoid distractions.
- If possible, do your editing and proofreading in several short blocks
of time, rather than all at once--otherwise, your concentration is likely to
- If you're short on time, you may wish to prioritize your editing and
proofreading tasks to be sure that the most important ones are completed.
- Have you checked the
Some of my ideas were based on those
found at these sites.
When You write
Keep your audience in mind . Who will read this story or
poem? Why will they keep reading it? What is my
purpose for writing it? Questions you ask yourself
are- Is my message clear? Do I have enough