July 17 to July 18 - The Art of Revision

“Writing is rewriting,” the adage tells us.

 

But how do we rewrite? How do we decide what to leave in and what to take out? How do we determine the scope of a piece, devine its essence, know where to start and where to end? Do we edit line by line, paragraph by paragraph—or make the professional leap of re-thinking the piece first?

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