Whenever I imagine revisiting my writing, the author is right, I am always frustrated because I feel like I worked hard the first time so there couldn’t possibly be anything wrong with it. However, though, once I actually start looking at my old writing, I can see some mistakes that I could fix or even a better idea than the one I originally used. By revising my work, I learned that there is definitely more than one way to do something, and by going back and revising what I have already written, it is easy to brainstorm from there. For example, the rough draft is sort of like an outline for me, and it helps me to think of other ways to write things or even other things to write about in the paper. I think revising is just about what better words I could write somewhere, or even a different idea to write about instead of the one I wrote about which only sort of applies to a topic, whereas editing to me is looking for grammatical errors and things like that. Proofreading would just be to not necessarily make changes to the words of a paper, but just move things around and check one final time for any grammatical errors that need to be fixed in one’s writing.
I agree with Brock Dethier’s piece on revision a lot! I think he does have a good point about how we need to change out attitude on revision for it to even become useful. I love how he created lists about how people normally say they feel about revision and things like that. I already really liked how he added his one work in there and made it a more personal piece, and he let the audience know that he has struggled with revision himself too. The only one I really agreed with him with was number one, because I always seem to have a problem with it. It stated
1. Revision is trivial, the nitpicky correcting of superficial niceties.
Revision can include editing and polishing, but it means, after all, reseeing, so in extreme cases (as you’ll see later in this chapter) it can mean rescrambling every paragraph of a paper or throwing out everything except the conclusion. Naturally, if you think of revision as concentrating on surface errors, you’ll dis- like it; few people enjoy having to focus on their own mistakes.”
This one pertains to me because I hate having to look at my work and be like “oh, wow, what was I thinking when I wrote this? Is it really that bad?” I hate having to throw away work that I’ve done, or even just realize the mistakes I have made, because it makes me feel inferior because I could have done so much better to start with.