Revision has become a code word for reorganization. It’s no longer enough to rewrite a few sentences; I need to revise whole paragraphs and place them in some semblance of order. It’s not easy. I don’t remember how I wrote essays last year. Seems like all I did was put them together on the fly, with no restructuring until after workshop. Now I have to do something different. I actually have to get to the point where I work towards a goal. What I told my students was that everything in their essay has to relate. The goal here is the same: to stop the tangential references, to move forward.