Text review. Text review stages –

The textual texture seems to many to be somewhat complex. Sometimes ideas don’t flow, or if they do flow, we don’t know how to organize them in order to make the speech clear and precise. Anyway, such setbacks do tend to arise, however we must be aware that practice leads to improvement. In other words, the more we practice writing, the more we will be able to practice it concisely and correctly.

However, the objective of this article is to address the importance of textual review. Therefore, we will assume that clarity represents the starting point of our discussion, even because it presents itself as one of the essential characteristics of the written form of language. In this way, our daily interactions only take place due to the understanding materialized between us (since we assume the role of transmitters) and the people with whom we are in contact (now playing the role of interlocutors). This occurs in any type of communication, be it oral, through symbols, writing, among other forms.

In all these modalities we have an objective to fulfill through the speech we give. But this intention will only materialize if we manage to be clear in what we are saying, otherwise the dialogue will be hampered. Thus, after organizing ideas and transposing them onto paper, there will always be something to be rectified, sometimes deleting, sometimes adding, and so on. Taking as an example the case of essays present in competitions and entrance exams, it is a fact that the candidate needs to organize himself in order to list the ideas to be discussed and, in the meantime, the time factor prevails over the procedures carried out, preventing the issuer from passing eyes on what you wrote.

In this sense, when we put ourselves in the shoes of interlocutors (referring to our own productions) we always notice something that could be improved. A comma here, another there, that pronoun that perhaps caused unnecessary ambiguity in the speech, not to mention that word that could be replaced by another, as the combination of sounds among others already said is not fulfilling the desired effect… Anyway, There are many flaws that we can correct by reviewing what we produce.

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Having said that, here is a warning for you, dear user: whenever possible, try to review your text, paying attention to some aspects, such as:

* Are the ideas arranged clearly and precisely?

* Are the paragraphs well constructed, harmoniously linked by the mechanisms that give the text the cohesion and coherence that are essential to it?

* Were the grammatical aspects properly checked, taking into account spelling, agreement, regency, among others? Were aspects of a logical-semantic nature also prioritized? As you know, and as said before, there will always be this or that word that doesn’t “fit” so well. Therefore, there is nothing better than making use of synonymy, in order to make the textual aesthetics present in the best possible way.

* Speaking of coherence, don’t forget to analyze whether your text stands out for some elements that contribute to this aspect being truly effective. Therefore, observe whether it has an introduction, a development and a conclusion. Another aspect: are your arguments convincing, in order to make the interlocutor give the speech the credibility it needs?

These, among many others, are essential postures for good writing. Therefore, try to use rereading, as it will enable you to detect some flaws that would possibly go unnoticed.

By Vânia Duarte
Graduated in Literature