Re: Giving a Document **One Voice**

Subject: Re: Giving a Document **One Voice**
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2006 17:06:27 -0500

Several people have offered good ways to approach the "one voice" problem. Here's one more:

I take the position that the one voice is going to be mine. Not my sometimes wry, sometimes deeply thoughtful, sometimes sarcastic or sardonic, sometimes long-convoluted-sentence mailing list voice but my clear-expository-writing voice, the one that channels Strunk & White and my high school English teacher.

In other words, I just take ownership of every part of the document and make it all as clear and readable as I know how, without regard for the idiosyncrasies of the original author but with full regard for the needs of the planned audience. If a section has to be completely reorganized and rewritten, I do that. If it just needs sentences recast for person, number, mood, and voice, I do that.

What I do not do is lose cycles trying to channel someone else's voice.

My two cents.



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