How to Be Able to Edit?

It’s done! It’s done! The paper so brief as to be impossible to write? It’s done! Filling just eight pages and sure to be read in fifteen minutes or less, except now I’m so sick of the subject (having written almost thirty pages of material in search of these eight essential sheets) that I’m not sure I’m going to find the energy or stomach to edit it so I can send it out in the email later this weekend to meet the conference pre-distribution deadline.

5 Responses to “How to Be Able to Edit?”

  1. Barbara Says:

    You summarized 30 pages into 8 pages for a journal. That’s NOTHING try summarizing six years of soil data/field work and three years of greenhouse work into 8 pages! I did it and had to include graphs and tables! You historians are have it easy, you only have to use words!

  2. ancarett Says:

    And pictures. Don’t forget the lovely Viking pictures! But you have my sympathy for having to shoehorn tables and graphs into that brief a span of pages along with all that information.

  3. sm Says:

    Graphs and tables make it easier, Barbara!

    A, want an editor?

  4. Barbara Says:

    Not if you have scads of data to summarize. I will have enough data to write several full length scientific journal articles.

  5. Dad Says:

    Now, let me see, that sounds familiar. I do recall a major prof who said- “I return in 2 weeks and you do not know enough to write more than 50 pages for your thesis.” So, take 4 years, a few thousand pages of lab book stuff, a bunch of literature and drop it down to 49 pages (margin of error)is about the same thing. Piece of cake!