Twenty ways to Unfinal a Draft

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Ford—“Just write a good sentence” Raban—“Language is where you live” Welty—“Punctuation for me is very important” After large questions are answered, just line-by-line editing is left Accuracy, truth, and communication—it can be fun and satisfying BECOME THE READER’S ADVOCATE Ciardi—“The last act of the writing must be to become one’s own reader” Begin passionately and end critically, begin hot and end cold. I. Twenty ways to Unfinal a Draft A. Listen to the draft B. Welcome the unexpected C. Expand was works D. Tune the music of the draft E. Start closer to the end F. Cut the end G. Cut or extend the length H. Play with a new focus I. Reconsider the audience J. Put the draft in a new context K. Make new connections L. Reorder the draft M. Change the pace N. Unbalance the proportions O. Try a new genre P. Add new evidence Q. Look for INSTRUCTIVE FAILURE R. ROLE-PLAY A READER S. Use a test reader T. Observe the draft II. Attitude of editor A. Writing is editing; it is not failure when you edit. EDITING IS NOT PUNISHMENT, BUT OPPORUNITY B. Imagine the reader BECOME THE READER; pretend you’re a person you respect who is not interested in the topic. OR stranger’s point of view C. EAR IS A BETTER EDITOR THAT THE EYE We spoke before we wrote. Writing is oral/aural; edit OUT LOUD D. THE DRAFT WILL TELL YOU WHAT IT NEEDS
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