How to edit text?

Would you believe there are nine levels of editing you can perform on your text?

So says NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who developed the Levels–of–Edit concept. There’s a quick summary here:

<http://www.technical-expressions.com/learn2edit/levelsofedit.html>

The following blog post suggest that you can reduce this to five levels:

<http://kaiweber.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/editing-for-tech-writers/>

And the #1 tip for editing your own work? Simple: if at all possible, don’t DIY!

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