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Copy Editing. Creating a Polished Paper. Copy Editing?. Changes to the formatting, style, and accuracy of any written work. Improves the flow of a paper and makes it more cohesive. Cements ideas in place: should be done before handing in final draftt . The Big Three.

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copy editing

Copy Editing

Creating a Polished Paper

copy editing1
Copy Editing?
  • Changes to the formatting, style, and accuracy of any written work.
  • Improves the flow of a paper and makes it more cohesive.
  • Cements ideas in place: should be done before handing in final draftt.
the big three
The Big Three
  • Three main principles of copy editing
    • Format: adjusts location of ideas
      • Sentence Level
    • Style: adjusts appearance of ideas
      • Word Level
    • Clarity: adjusts flow of ideas
      • Entire segment
for example
For Example…
  • Original Sentence:
    • That’s unusual coming from a woman writer of this time, which we see when we read Julia of Norwhich and Margery Kempe.
  • Copy Edited Sentence
    • Margery Kempe’soverly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers. However, Julia of Norwhich’scalm, thoughtful Book of Showings defies such characteristics.
format adjusts location
Format: Adjusts Location
  • Original Sentence:
    • That’s unusual coming from a woman writer of this time, which we see when we read Julia of Norwhichand Margery Kempe.
  • Copy Edited Sentence
    • Margery Kempe’s overly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers.However, Julia of Norwhich’s calm, thoughtful Book of Showings defies such characteristics.
style adjusts apperance
Style: Adjusts Apperance
  • Original Sentence:
    • That’s unusual coming from a woman writer of this time, which we see when we read Julia of Norwhich and Margery Kempe.
  • Copy Edited Sentence
    • Margery Kempe’soverly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers. However, Julia of Norwhich’scalm, thoughtful Book of Showingsdefies such characteristics.
clarity adjusts flow
Clarity: Adjusts Flow
  • Original Sentence:
    • That’sunusual coming from a woman writer of this time, |which we see when we read Julia of Norwhich and Margery Kempe.
  • Copy Edited Sentence
    • Margery Kempe’s overly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers. However, Julia of Norwhich’s calm, thoughtful Book of Showings defies such characteristics.
where to start
Where to Start
  • Identify one idea
    • Could be point, evidence, or analysis
  • Use Big Three as questions
    • Does the sentence order make sense?
    • Does my word choice make sense?
    • Does the idea flow?
your turn
Your Turn
  • Copy Edit These Sentences
    • Three weeks into my second year at college, I still remember the most tossed around piece of advice I was given as a new freshman. It came packaged a little differently each time I heard it, but in general I was give to understand that these four years of my college career would be some of the most important of my life.
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