This is the part that most people associate with editing a paper. Here, you will need your Reverse Outline from Step 2 and your to-do list from Step 1, but don’t forget about that Requirements Checklist. You do not want to accidentally edit out something that is required and you want to make sure you stay on track, so keep that list handy and refer to it from time to time.
Open your original draft and save it as a copy for your edits. You want to keep your original draft in case you inadvertently delete something or want to refer back to your previous draft to see how far you’ve come
Look at your Step 1 to-do list and each mark you made on your Reverse Outline and decide which steps are easy to handle and which are difficult. Do the easy ones first, because they are also easiest to un-do if you do not like the results
Go through your plan. Edit the content, always keeping in mind your thesis statement. Save regularly
As you edit a paragraph and finish it, update your Reverse Outline to reflect your changes. Make sure your new edits fit in well with the content in your Reverse Outline
When you have finished editing, double-check those requirements from Step 1. Make another checkmark for each requirement if your revised draft fills the requirements.