Many projects are like falling dominoes; if one stage falls, all subsequent stages fall. Fortunately, technical writing is not; it's forgiving. When you're done writing, you can save a poor manuscript from rejection or uselessness. You still have editing! Dynamic editing can save a poor document and gird it against skeptical colleagues, bosses, and (journal) reviewers.

That sounds like good news because everyone knows how to edit. It's easy. You read through the draft, listen to it, feel its rhythm and flow, change a word here, rearrange a phrase there, etc. Right? Wrong! That's not editing, that's fiddling—not doing much...

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