Keep this checklist handy when you revise and edit your writing.
_____ My paper has a clear purpose.
_____ The main idea (or thesis) is obvious and/or clearly stated.
_____ I have used words appropriate to my readers.
_____ The tone matches the subject and audience.
_____ The paper is organized in a clear and logical way.
_____ In argumentation, each point is supported by solid, persuasive facts and examples.
_____ My ideas are linked with transitions so my writing is unified and coherent.
_____ My writing has style, created by word choice, sentence variety and length, and figures of speech.
_____ Any outside sources are carefully documented.
_____ I have fixed all sentence errors, including fragments and run-ons.
Grammar and Usage
_____ All apostrophes are used correctly.
_____ Every verb agrees with its subject; all pronouns agree with their antecedents.
_____ I used all adverbs correctly.
_____ I placed pronouns as close as possible to their antecedents to avoid confusion.
_____ I did not use any double negatives.
_____ I avoided dangling participles and misplaced modifiers.
_____ I used the appropriate voice (active or passive).
_____ All idioms are used correctly.
_____ I eliminated all unnecessary words.
_____ There are no mixed metaphors.
_____ I proofread my paper for spelling errors, even if I used a spell checker.
_____ I looked for misspellings in words with prefixes and suffixes.
_____ I checked for spelling demons, too.
_____ I looked for words with missing letters, extra letters, and transposed letters.
_____ All plural words are spelled correctly.
_____ I checked that all commas are in the right places.
_____ I use semicolon correctly, too.
_____ I did not overuse exclamation marks.
_____ I double-checked all punctuation.
_____ Every word is capitalized correctly, especially proper nouns.
_____ All abbreviations are written correctly.
_____ Numbers are spelled out or written, depending on my style guide.