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Monday, November 13, 2006

The Purpose of "Cutting"

On this blog, "Cutting" means "using fewer words to say the same thing." It's a tough skill, but it's critical: for marketing, fiction, journalism, and a lot of other fields.

You can decide whether I'm doing a good job, and you can add your own comments, as I hack out gobbets of prose: my own efforts, published snippets, and stuff from volunteers. I'll avoid changing the tone or style of the text I edit, because I'm trying to condense it, not change it.

Of course, not everything is worth the amount of effort that I put into the examples. If I had to polish everything I write, it would take me longer to get to the good stuff.

Now I just have to find something to cut! Let's see...

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