Do not confuse content editors with proofreaders. Whether an editor proofreads your work is neither here nor there, what an editor does is take your text and mould it into a fully coherent and expertly written piece of work. You are about to read one of the most useful content-editing articles you will ever read because this article teaches you how to look at your text how an editor sees it. An editor looks at your assignment like it is a mess of Lego bricks, an editor labels (mentally or by notes) each brick, and then pieces together a work of perfection. This article teaches you how to label your essay like it were cuts of prime meat and teaches you how to manipulate your own text to turn Stephanie Meyers into William Shakespeare.
Summarise Each Paragraph with A Red Line of Text
This trick is simple, at the end of each paragraph you write you add in a line of text in red. The line of red text will be removed by you at a later date, but while you are writing it acts as a label. The label lets you know what each paragraph is about. Summarise each paragraph with a single and short line of text in red, and this label may be used to help manipulate and move your text around at a later date.
- This tip can be used to facilitate the use of any of the tips in this article
- Use the red lines to quickly reacquaint yourself with your text when you come back later
- The lines will help identify paragraphs where there is unnecessary repetition or contradiction
- Use the lines at the very end to check the thoroughness of your conclusion
When you apply for assignment help UK, and they edit your work, they actually label each part of your text so that it may be more easily dissected and put back together again.
Checking the Flow
The flow of your assignment is the way it reads from one section to the next. Think of your assignment like a song where if it is a bad song then it will bounce around like a Powerball in a washing machine, but if it is a good song then it will logically and correctly move from one idea to another in a sensible way. An essay with a logical or smooth flow will naturally build to a believable conclusion.
- Are you moving logically from one point to the next?
- Does your essay transition smoothly from one section to the next?
- Are you driving the point or letting your reader decide for himself or herself?
Transition Checking Questions
A transition is simply how you move from one section of your assignment to the next. It is one of the first things you learn when you learn how to structure the assignment. Luckily, when you write articles in a “Blog Style” like this article, then transitions are not wildly important. For example, in this article, headers have been used to give the reader an idea of what to expect from each section. Ask yourself these questions when you edit your assignment:
- Do you transition smoothly?
- Are you overly wordy when you transition?
- Could you cut the transition and have it still make sense?
- Are you being clinical enough when you introduce your next point?
- Are you wrapping up points by repeating or by semi-concluding?
- Do you have to wrap up a point on every occasion?
- Are you trying too hard to connect one section with the next?
Checking the weight
This section in this article covers a tip on how to edit your assignment so it is evenly weighted. Notice the lines below, Use the red lines of text, count the word count of each section, and de-fluff and recount. These are the points being made in each section. Note how you can pick out the points, as highlighted by them being in bold, and notice how each point has almost the same amount of detail and coverage. That is because this section is perfectly weighted.
Use the red lines of text you have added to check the weight of your text. Take a look at the red lines in one section and ask yourself if they are all kind of riding the same point. If they are, then maybe you need to trim down that section to make it similar in size to sections where you make different points.
You could always count the word count of each section, if we assume you created a different section for each point you made, and you can see if you cover one point a little more thoroughly than you do the others. It may be a case of one section having more fluff, but could it be that one point is more heavily covered than the others?
Try to de-fluff and recount your section word counts to see if your text is still unfairly weighted. There is a chance that your earlier sections and passages are fluffier because students tend to be overly wordy when they start their essays, and only become concise and to-the-point after a few hours/days of writing.
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