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Do you mold your ideas out modeling clay, or do you cut away the unnecessary parts from a solid mass of granite?
I prefer the first method, since it's less complicated, but often I find myself with a massive stone that I need to carve. In other words, an inchoate document with thousands of words concealing an article that needs to be written. In that case sometimes I just start over with a clean version containing only the actual sentences that say something intelligible.