Section 1.7

Rewriting

You have completed a draft of your business letter, memo, or whatever it is you happen to be writing. You feel a tremendous sense of relief. It is not, however, time to pull out the party hats!

A careful writer knows that finishing a draft is only one stage of the writing process. Rewriting is where the action is. Go through your document paragraph by paragraph, thinking critically about each one and how it relates to the paragraphs before and after it. Eliminate needless repitition.

You should then go through the same process on the sentence level as well, checking the relationship of each sentence to the other sentences around it in a paragraph and again deleting unnecessary repitition of ideas.

Finally, every paragraph and every sentence should relate back to your document’s main idea. Chapter 5 includes a series of editing checklists that can help you with this process.