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This jot list thing is a powerful technique that lets one sort out ideas and facts that need to be presented.
I do it sometimes too and as I said in an earlier response to his thread, it is not disagreeing with the method of first 'knowing what it is' - this is simply using written expression to help clarify things.
Some other posters talked about this use of a 'jot list' and one poster referred to a pdf that was prepared by the Plain English Campaign.
>From: Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>
>Sent: May 20, 2010 10:49 AM
>To: Dana Worley <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>Subject: Re: Writing clearly
>I do this as well
>On 05/20/2010, Dana Worley <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com> wrote:
>> 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....
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