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Here we go again…Step 1. Review your “pros” chart from yesterday. Add some adjectives, and add some concrete, sensory details. Find FIVE spots in your essay to develop. . Step 2.

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here we go again step 1
Here we go again…Step 1
  • Review your “pros” chart from yesterday. Add some adjectives, and add some concrete, sensory details.
  • Find FIVE spots in your essay to develop.
step 2
Step 2

Annie Dillard said, “All of the action on the page happens in the verbs.  Verbs control when something is happening in the mind of the reader.”

  • Circle all of your verbs, including am, is, are, was, were. See if you can substitute stronger, more vivid verbs for the ones you have.
  • Revise (at least) FIVE.
step 3
Step 3
  • Read your paper to EDIT any misspellings, run-ons, fragments, comma splices, or other punctuation issues.
step 4
Step 4
  • Revise for hedgers, gushers, and absolutes. Find ‘em and cross ‘em out.

Hedgers:

Maybe, might, kind of, sometimes, it seems like…

Gushers:

Very, so, really, overwhelmingly….

Absolutes:

Always, never, all the time…