Where the Action Is isn't just a popular TV show from the 60s.

Last week, I spoke to student leaders participating in Leadership Triangle: College Edition about writing resumes and cover letters.* There were a lot of questions about revising. They don't know much about revising, and neither do a lot of us "older" folks. But revision is a mission-critical part of the content development process.

Why we aren't good at revising

In school, most of us are taught a lot about writing, but almost nothing about revision. And once we're out? Well, how much writing instruction do you think the average adult receives at work? But that's another post entirely!

How to make your content better

Effective writers know that revision is where the action is**. Getting the words on the page in the first place is step one. Working that text to make it better -- revising -- is where the real writing happens. Revision is the magic bullet for making any content more effective and engaging.

Here, then, are a series of posts about various ways to revise any text -- from resumes to reports, from letters to your Linkedin profile):

Give any one of these strategies a try and your writing will improve. And if you've got other tips for revision, please share them!


*Thanks to my protegee, Faith Inman, for helping me with the workshop!

**Anyone else remember this show featuring Paul Revere and the Raiders? Limited run, but I loved it!