We're always looking for new ways to do things, and Steve came up with this cool new content revision strategy. It's especially good for people who hate revising, aren't sure what the heck revising is, or are always in too much of a hurry to bother with revising in the first place.
Steve Peha's "Highlight Revision"
- Draft as much as you can as fast as you can; don’t stop until you hit the “end”.
- Highlight your key points.
- Delete anything that isn’t related to your key points.
- Patch up transitions and sentence structure as needed.
- Read aloud, correct remaining errors and then file.
This process took less than 20 minutes and cut the original document from 2500+ words to just over 900. Not bad.
So, you gonna give it a try?
If you want to try some other content revision strategies, check these bad boys out:
- Revision: Where the action is: A revising strategy focused on verbs (that's what's happenin'!)
- Revision: The 3 Es and Idea-Details: Two revising strategies using details like evidence, explanations and examples.
- Revision: More reader-friendly writing: Revising strategies including word choice, sentence fluency and more.
- What would Don Draper Do?: According to one Mad Men episode, he'd revise.