Sentence" Rule for Revision
"At some point before you
finish revising any piece of writing, you should figure out and
state clearly for yourself exactly what you are trying to say. In
one sentence."—Peter Elbow in Writing with Power.
Certainly, I have found assigning
summaries to my students an effective way to judge their
understanding of any piece of writing. Why not apply this useful
technique to your own writing? If you have difficulty, perhaps the
writing itself needs to change! Try it and see.
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