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Deleting, Replacing, and Adding, oh my!

Hello, writers and teachers,

The first draft of your narrative is completed, so the next step is to revise. This is the part of the writing process where you get to be artistic. You will be deleting stuff you don't need. You will be replacing dull words, adding new words, and incorporating cool rhetorical devices (the seasonings and spices of the writing craft). You will be examining sentence structure and fixing grammar and spelling mistakes. 

The point of revising is to improve and improve your work until it's totally awesome!

"But it's fine the way it is!" is what most students exclaim at this point. And it's true. Your work is good and lovely. But now you're going to make it even better. You're going to take it from good to awesome, from lovely to gorgeous, and from tasty to scrumptious! 

To do this you will need the help of Mr. Hot and Spicy:


And you will need to follow a revision process (this will be your assignment for this week). 

Revising the Narrative (PDF — 1 MB)

Take your time with Step 4: Revising for Style, and get feedback from a friend or family member before writing your final copy.

Happy revising!

Talk to you next week,

Write Cook

Chilly autumn days call for a cup of hot cocoa. Try adding marshmallows or a piece of cheddar cheese to a cup of hot chocolate Ovaltine. Yum!

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