Creative Writing Templates for Teachers 6: Revision & Editing


Two of the great misconceptions among inexperienced writers are that 1) first drafts have to be perfect, and 2) finishing a first draft is the same as finishing a book. But the truth, as any experienced writer will tell you, is that revisions make a book. The first draft is a very small component of the overall writing process.

This template takes students through the redrafting process, and provides a revision and editing checklist to help new writers move from the creative to the analytical stage of drafting. It should be used after the first draft is complete.

An example of second-draft revisions to Greythorne is also included.

This template may be modified or reproduced for educational purposes only. It is not to be resold or used for commercial purposes.

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