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It’s drawer time

I could even fantasize but this time I will stick to work related topic. It's about being an editorial desk in one person.

So, there is a rule I tend to like – leave a story you are editing or writing for a day or two in the drawer and when you come back to it you are capable to observe it with a fresh look. One can find spelling mistakes, learn something in the field of syntax.

With this kind of approach you manage to understand how the story should be built in a way that it explains the issue in a logical order. Call it a storyline. Other thing – with fresh look you can spot replays and remove them.

Do the whole procedure twice, even better. Give it one hour of drawer time – it still helps.

Of course they talked about this technique already in university but there it's just a theory.

(Online) journalists and editors don't have too much of that drawer time on daily basis as we are having that age of covering more obligations in less time. Though drawer time might still be the case for the long-term analytical stories which are created in parallel with everyday work. So shapeshifting can work when living in parallel worlds.

And I can say, if there's a timeslot the texts under my command do drawer time. There's a folder at my desktop where they take their time, sadly still not called by the name of Drawer because rushing texts go through the same folder. But the lucky ones can spend a few days or even a week in a folder watching how files in a hurry pass by.

I think drawer approach helps, I've tested it, I'm sure.


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