What you need to know about Essay Editing

Essay editing starts when essay writing ends. Though it is a constant and continuous process, editing comes at the end of the writing process as a final stage before submission. An unedited essay may contain too many errors and typographical issues that mar the quality of the essay. The editing process could take some time since you need to look out for various types of concerns ranging from spelling to format with content in between.
Spelling mistakes occur most frequently. The process of writing is such that you have to sometimes overlook the trees for the wood. Many words may get spelt incorrectly, and you have to first clean up these errors. It is easy to again overlook spelling errors when left for the last. However, some writers prefer to correct spelling errors as the last step in the editing process.
NOTE: Your PC spellchecker may not capture all the spelling glitches such as homonymous words, the most commonly found spelling errors in essays.
Once the spellings have been taken care of, you would turn to the actual content. Are the ideas logically connected? Are they relevant to the context? Do the ideas flow coherently and are they supported with examples and explanation? Have you put down all the relevant ideas, or would you like to add or delete some? Have you argued your stand convincingly, or do you notice some loopholes? If yes, now is the time to plug them.
Does the introduction give a clear idea of the subject, or is it vague and disconnected? Does the conclusion wrap up the paper or leave fresh loose ends?
Is the essay structured as required? Consider this checklist:
i. Does your essay have a clear and precise thesis statement?
ii. Have you placed the thesis towards or at the end of the introduction?
iii. Does the thesis reflect the paper’s focus?
iv. Do paragraphs have relevant topic sentences?
v. Have you written in the introduction-body paragraphs-conclusion format?
Words: Have you used the words that fit the context and subject? Did you leave a word or phrase in limbo for a more appropriate replacement later? Work on that before you forget about it. Use a thesaurus to look up words that fit the context or explain the idea better than the ones you have used.
Does the language suit the subject? Have you used inappropriately lofty or prosaic language that makes the essay sound either too vague or too boring? Is the language esoteric where it needs to be simple and factual?
Is your paper formatted according to the required convention?
Take a look again. Is the grammar right? Are there unnecessary fragments, tense shifts, number disagreements, or verb confusion?
One or a combination of these factors could ruin your essay and lead it to the trash can. Essay editing requires you to walk through the essay with a fine-toothed comb. The more you look into the matter, the better are your chances for making it through to the top of the list.