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We all have to write something eventually, be it an essay or a simple report, but how much effort do we really put into to? I edit mine, then I have someone else edit it, and then I look it over again to make sure that I agree with what the person changed. Eventually after this process I'll get down to writing out the hard copy of the text. What are your steps or editing your work?

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I usually do a bit of research first, so I have a global idea of what I want to say and what I need to include. Then I write it in one go, doing editing per sentence or sometimes paragraph. That's the first draft, I read it to see if there's any obvious errors, correct those and then I'm done.

Only very few times I need to redo some larger sections.

I've always done this with everything, writing, drawing, programming. Most people say you need to make an outline first and worry about details later, but I just can't do that, I have to make the whole thing with all details on the first try and then do minor editing and corrections while I'm at it.

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I like to make an outline first before writing. I usually make a list of the points I'd like to tackle. If I think I've covered all the important areas, I would start filing in the details. I would read my work and usually an idea pops into my head and I'll include it. Sometimes, I let somebody read the essay and have him/her say something about my piece, though I rarely do this.

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When I was younger I would always make an outline before writing out an essay. Over the course of doing this I realized that it never actually helped me. My brain was always wracked with ideas and I would always go astray from the outline. Ever since I realized this, I just stopped making outlines, though I sometimes put some points down before I forget them.

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Mine is kind of lame, but... I like to write mine out on paper first. I get distracted by the computer/internet a lot so whenever I have a paper to write, I'll just do the research beforehand, write them down, and then turn off the computer. Then I'll start brainstorming and outlining on scratch paper. When I think I have enough information, I get some more scratch paper and start to officially write my essay.

This method really helps me focus. Plus writing it down is... kind of a different feel. I can write anything down, knowing that my rough draft will be in the trash after I get the official paper done. So I can be as messy and unorganized as I want. I can draw arrows, cross out things, mark things in different colors, etc. I don't have to worry about grammar or spelling or punctuation because when I type it up, I will catch those things (which would be consider my first edit). I feel that when I do this, my papers are always better than if I were to just type it out from the start.

Sometimes if I need to edit it again, I read my paper outloud to myself. When you read your paper outloud, you'll usually catch mistakes that you weren't aware of before.

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I write out my work, proof and edit it myself, since I sometimes do not have it in final form on the first go round.  I have a dear friend I have worked with for years who is an incredible proofer and a bright individual who I have read it cold (no clues) and then brainstorm after.

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Mine is kind of lame, but... I like to write mine out on paper first. I get distracted by the computer/internet a lot so whenever I have a paper to write, I'll just do the research beforehand, write them down, and then turn off the computer. Then I'll start brainstorming and outlining on scratch paper. When I think I have enough information, I get some more scratch paper and start to officially write my essay.

This method really helps me focus. Plus writing it down is... kind of a different feel. I can write anything down, knowing that my rough draft will be in the trash after I get the official paper done. So I can be as messy and unorganized as I want. I can draw arrows, cross out things, mark things in different colors, etc. I don't have to worry about grammar or spelling or punctuation because when I type it up, I will catch those things (which would be consider my first edit). I feel that when I do this, my papers are always better than if I were to just type it out from the start.

Sometimes if I need to edit it again, I read my paper outloud to myself. When you read your paper outloud, you'll usually catch mistakes that you weren't aware of before.

I don't think it sounds lame at all, whatever you find that works for you and gets you some good grades shouldn't be lame; it should be considered genius. Your arrows and colour markings sound like my class notes, I do that as well. I've never tried reading my entire essay out loud, usually if I have a sentence that is biting at my head, then I'll read it out loud.

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Writing a good essay is not easy. I, too, tried to write an outline before writing an essay. But it didn't help me much. Over time, though, I learned how to write competent essays and even started helping my friends write them. And recently I was looking for advice on how to write a recommendation letter and decided it would be better to turn to letter of recommendation writing services for help. This is the first time I am writing such a letter, so I trust experts more than myself. 

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For me, writing can be complicated sometimes. So when I see that the topic is tricky for me, I try to find examples. It's a good thing to do because after reading them, you'll know what you can write and how other people did it, and it can provide you with some inspiration and ideas. Some time ago, I needed to write about college athletes and whether they should be paid or not. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, but after all, I didn't manage to do something, so I Googled examples. Here is my link to those should college athletes be paid essay examples which helped me to write that paper. So, it's the first thing I do before writing something. And then, when everything is ready, I use sites that help me with grammar. Sometimes I write too fast and can make a lot of mistakes. Thankfully, nowadays, there are a lot of sites where you can "proofread" your essays.

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