A common writing mistake is not leaving enough time to revise, edit, or proofread. Another problem is to fixate on grammar errors at the expense of necessary changes to content, argument, or organization.
Strategic revision begins with looking at higher-order concerns like purpose, audience, development (including source integration), organization, and paragraph structure. Then the writer focuses on sentence structure, word choice/vocabulary, and grammatical correctness. The final task before submitting the piece is to proofread for punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.
The resources on this page are chosen to help writers edit and proofread their own work more effectively and with greater confidence.
- Guide to Grammar & Writing – with self-scoring quizzes -- Capital Community College
- Quick & Dirty Tips: Grammar – explanations and podcasts by GrammarGirl
- Grammar - alphabetical list of terms -- Purdue University OWL
- The Write Site – Modules on grammar, using sources, structure
“Self-help” editing tools
- Writer’s Handbook – University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Top 10 Editing Tips - a handy checklist with resources
- Common Errors in English – an extensive alphabetical list of commonly confused or misused words -- Washington State University
- Checking Articles, Nouns, and Verbs
- Collocations -- word-combinations that go together