Re: Writing vs. Editing

Subject: Re: Writing vs. Editing
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:09:27 -0700

This question really depends on the context of "edit."

I have had people tell me, "We did most of the writing, it just needs to be cleaned up," so I assume I will just need to edit a document. When I get the document, I see that it needs a rewrite and many workarounds just to conform to the standard required of the document. In these cases, it takes me two or three times as long to "edit" the document than it would have to write the document from scratch.

Editing the work of a bad writer or, worse, a non-writer who thinks they can write is cumbersome and tedious. Editing my own work or the work of a good writer is no easier or harder than writing, since I use the same skills for both.

On 9/24/2014 7:38 AM, M -dot- Vina-Baltsas -at- mindray -dot- com wrote:

In general, do you find it easier to write user materials or to edit
someone else's work?

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