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What are some good strategies for editing and revising a rough draft?
It's a common misconception that the editing and revision process only involves correcting grammar, spelling, and formatting mistakes. This is called copy editing, and while it is important, it is equally important to adjust the structure and clarity of your writing. While editing and revising, you should not be afraid to rewrite entire sentences, paragraphs, or even sections of your essay. If the changes you make improve the draft, excellent! If not, then you can always revert to a previous save. It may also be helpful to rearrange paragraphs and sections in a way that better supports your argument or builds towards a more dramatic conclusion.
What is a soliloquy, and why is it a commonly used tool in drama?
A soliloquy, most commonly used in dramas, is when a single character speaks their thoughts aloud to themselves. This technique allows viewers to understand a character's motivations without the need for a narrator or breaking the fourth wall. For example, in Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy, the viewers learn that Hamlet is considering suicide to end his continued miseries, but ultimately decides against it. We also learn that Hamlet may be going mad, but that is only one subjective take on the soliloquy that adds to the complexity of his character.
What is the function of a thesis statement in an essay?
A thesis statement informs the reader of the author's intention for the rest of the piece. That intention could be to persuade the reader to agree with an argument, to answer a specific question, to inform the reader of the author's findings on a particular subject, or something else entirely. Your thesis should be easily identifiable for your reader and should clearly demonstrate your intention for the remainder of your essay.
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