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Online Guide to Writing and Research

The Writing Process


Being Your Own Critic

Getting feedback can be overwhelming, even when you know someone is trying to be helpful. For this reason, setting a draft aside for a few days to be your own critic, after you have received feedback elsewhere, is usually a good idea. It’s important to dedicate some time to look at your writing from your own perspective.

 Proofreading, which you will do many times, calls for you to examine your text carefully to find and correct typographical errors and mistakes in spelling and grammar. Editing requires that you perform a more complex check of your work, evaluating its content, organization, and style. Editing requires analysis and judgment to help you make decisions about organization and style. 

Self-Review Strategies

Key Takeaways

  • Self-feedback can come in the form of proofreading, which has the goal of correcting typos, errors in grammar, missing or doubled words, and similar errors.

  • Self-feedback can come in the form of editing, which evaluates the content, organization, and style of the writing. 

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