April 16, 2008

Mini-hint to help with editing: fact sheets

A client of mine recently told me about a technique one of her grad school peers uses to get a handle on all the information he's trying to incorporate into a chapter. He creates what he calls "fact sheets." Each fact sheet has one sub-topic or question at the top of a page, and under it he collects his notes and thoughts on that one topic. My client has been using this technique as she edits a chapter, and says that this helps her review her notes in a "somewhat orderly fashion."

How do you get a handle on all the information that is piling up in folders in your computer or on your desk? How do you make sure it all makes it into your writing?

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At 10:57 AM, Blogger Bill said...

I'd love to know more about this -- can you tell us more about exactly how this person uses "fact sheets"? It sounds intriguing, but I can't wrap my head around how I'd do it myself.

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Gina said...

I will see if my client can give me more details. I think the main point is to cull the info that you have on one topic, all into one place; instead of having your notes organized by source. Also of importance is making the sub-topic small enough to fit it all in on place, or on one page. This can help to make an overwhelming topic manageable.

 

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