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Conservative Party 1978 Manifesto (2nd draft)

Conservative Party 1978 Manifesto (2nd draft):

Kind of neat: a draft of the Toey manifesto with Thatcher’s hand written tweaks.

Docs like this make me realise how close PR and politics are as disciplines. But there’s nothing like seeing the work in progress, annotations and improvements people make to writing.

It’s so easy to slip into comfortable and effective habits as a writer and I think this is one of the most helpful ways to expose and learn from the work others put into their drafts. Fully formed and finished documents can be impressive but the best hide their art with skill.

Perhaps with the increasing use of tools like Google Docs (with full revision history), we can expect to see more and more about the construction of writing in the future.

Conservative Party 1978 Manifesto (2nd draft):

Kind of neat: a draft of the Toey manifesto with Thatcher’s hand written tweaks.

Docs like this make me realise how close PR and politics are as disciplines. But there’s nothing like seeing the work in progress, annotations and improvements people make to writing.

It’s so easy to slip into comfortable and effective habits as a writer and I think this is one of the most helpful ways to expose and learn from the work others put into their drafts. Fully formed and finished documents can be impressive but the best hide their art with skill.

Perhaps with the increasing use of tools like Google Docs (with full revision history), we can expect to see more and more about the construction of writing in the future.

By Max Tatton-Brown

Max Tatton-Brown is founder and MD of Augur, and has written for publications including the Guardian, Sifted and TechCrunch.

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