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Chapter 11. Personal Best: Revising and ... > Less Can Be More: Revise by Deleting - Pg. 121

Personal Best: Revising and Editing 121 Author! Author! Thinking of asking a friend or lover to read your drafts to help you edit them? It's a great idea from your standpoint, but your reader may not be as enthusiastic. British Prime Minister and writer Benjamin Disraeli (1804­1881) had a standard reply unmatched for diplomatic ambiguity for people who sent him unsolicited manuscripts to read: "Many thanks; I shall lose no time in reading it." Next, revise the form and content of your work. Form is the shape of the writing. For example, the form of your writing may be a story or a poem. Adjust your draft until it meets the requirements for that specific type of writing. Plays, for instance, tell the story through dialogue, so your final version of a play will likely be virtually all conversation. Content is what you're saying. When you revise for content, you make sure that each part of your draft is clear and logical. Once you understand how the revision and editing process works, you'll find the process relatively painless and even interesting. It's actually my favorite part of writing because it's like a puzzle, as I try to see how each piece fits best. Let's start by seeing how deleting material can often make your writing stronger.