Want to be a better writer?
Become a better reviser!
Here's a true fact: We don't spend enough time making our writing better. Oh, sure, we improve as we draft. Or we use spell checker. But our effort -- not to mention our audience -- deserves better. We need to make explicit revision passes to make our improve the overall quality of our work and ultimately get better results from it. That's why I instituted a clear revision process for our writers and editors. We have a shared language and approach that makes it faster and easier for us to revise our own work and be more effective revising others'.
Steve and I recently presented a workshop on our process at the National High School Journalism Conference in Indianapolis. Here's the deck we used for the workshop or you can download more detailed information on how and when to revise.