On Screen or Paper?
Like many of you, I work a great
deal at my computer and I edit my work on screen all the time.
But, often enough, if I neglect reading carefully over my work on
paper, I miss essential edits.
Recently, children's author
Sheryl McFarlane came
to visit my Writing 12 class. In her presentation, she emphasized
the importance of the paper edit to the process of writing.
A side benefit of the "paper"
method is that it is easy to save all your drafts for future use.
In fact, Sheryl made a strong case for saving all your
drafts since, often, the first draft of all contains strong
"emotional content" that is often the purest form of your ideas.
Remember to use both sides of the
paper to save our trees! Edit away . . .
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