How many drafts do you need to be grammar free?

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  1. Yil
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    Let's suppose 500 words on a random topic. Any language.
     
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    Probably 1 or 2? I am not the best writer, that's why I have someone else read it. Also, being "grammar free" doesn't mean much of anything. I think you mean error free but I might be mistaken.
     
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    What does this mean? Do you mean how many drafts to be free of grammar errors? :ph34r:
     
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    Sorry, should have made it clear. But yes, error free and possibly including correct usage of reference.
     
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    I aim for a rough draft, a first look over to correct glaring problems, then 1-5 more look overs depending on how good of a grade I want.

    A trick is to read your paper backwards after you think you've got a solid draft (2nd or 3rd). sentence by sentence backwards, then word by word. This is for technical writing that I do.

    For your purposes, two or three should be enough. Print out each updated draft and take a pen to it. it helps.
     
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    Have I planned this essay to an extent?
    How interested am I in the subject?
    What time of day or night is it?

    On references then it might depend upon the style guide for what I am doing. If it is something pointlessly obtuse then that might take longer. If it is for me using my own style or one I agree with then fairly easy, not to mention Lyx has a nice referencing system.

    Otherwise if I have an essay (not that 500 words is much of one) that I have planned, are suitably interested in but not just writing happily and are doing this having eaten and slept well then far fewer than should I be writing something off the cuff which bores me, late at night with low blood sugar and having not slept in a while.
     
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    An editor. 1 editor.
    Your chances doing it yourself aren't great, but it's possible.
     
  8. evandixon

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    Try changing the font temporarily to a harder-to-read font. Because it's harder to read, it will force you to pay closer attention to the details.
    Source:
     
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    two or three drafts and a lot of re-reading.
    I'll remember to use my handwriting font when looking over the stuff I write, then.
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    Actually, that's not nearly as bad as my actual handwriting
     
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    I don't really have any system. I pretty much always stick with the initial version and I mess up it was meant to be.
     
  11. Hells Malice

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    Grammar? Generally the second pass. My usual writing style involves multiple passes. Getting down the base idea first, then fleshing it out over several passes. I think a lot of people find it tedious but it has always worked for me.
     
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