Many writers and instructors of writing disagree about the
nature of editing and how it fits into the writing process.
Some believe that editing involves a "search and destroy" approach
to eliminating error. Others argue that editing and revising
are intertwined in a mission to improve a writer's message on
several levels, be that conceptual, organizational or
mechanical. On this page, we have established links to help
writers with various approaches and questions to consider as they
seek to improve their writing or to become more self-reflective or
self-critical of their own prose.
Improving grammar is often the most daunting area in
writing. Grammar is also the area about which there is the
least consensus. One person's egregious grammar is another
person's artistic license. Moreover, deciding on what type of
error is most problematic is a troublesome exercise in personal
preferences. Further, is grammar correction meant to address
unclear ideas at the sentence-level or just proper parts of speech
and punctuation? Though people have a plethora of ideas on
the subject, no necessarily right theory exists.
For students whose primary language is not English