refactoring and revising and new fyc

A brief article by Jon Udell at O’Reilly, The New Freshman Comp” discusses bringing screenwriting/scripting into fyc – familiar ground in the comp/rhet world in. The new connection is the one he makes between refactoring and rewriting, a connection I’ve been emphasizing for a couple of years.

Writing and editing will remain the foundation skills they always were, but we’ll increasingly combine them with speech and video. The tools and techniques are new to many of us. But the underlying principles–consistency of tone, clarity of structure, economy of expression, iterative refinement–will be familiar to programmers and writers alike.