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Dana makes an excellent point. Writers differ from one another in how
they approach writing. Some writers outline. Some writers brainstorm.
Some writers network. Some writers get drunk (and although this approach
apparently worked for Faulkner, I don't see it working well for tech
So, a better maxim would be, "ensure that you've said everything that
needs to be said."
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Subject: Re: Writing clearly
On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 'Technical Writing Plus' wrote:
> But you always should know exactly what it is that you want to say
> (before you put pen to paper).
I disagree with this point. If I am having trouble knowing where to
start, I will begin by typing a
random list of relevant points and work from there. In other words, I
don't always know
exactly what I want to say, but I do have an idea of the points that
need to be covered.
I don't think my writing is more or less clear because of this, but it
certainly helps with
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