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Chapter 6. Getting it Right > Tip 27 Use “Big-Middle-Little” Revising

Tip 27 Use “Big-Middle-Little” Revising

Revising isn’t easy, partly because writing isn’t easy. Written language involves word choice, tone, punctuation, spelling, organization, connection, formality, ambiguity, visual formatting, sequence of tenses, pronoun agreement, conciseness, and technical language—to name just a few. All of these factors are elaborate systems of constantly evolving linguistic conventions.

Are we supposed to think of all that as we read through our memo one time? No way. That’s why we should break up revising into three manageable chunks.


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