Succinct is the hardest thing to accomplish. Yes , editing ones own work is almost impossible because we all have some pride in authorship.
"Aint nobody gonna say I have an ugly baby, ceptin me"
That sort of encapsulates the strong feelings we all have about our own writing. Im amused at how many arguments happen on A2K that are merely over word usage and not substance. Ive often jumped in and joined the fray .
I like the tips on writing instructions as a first step.
In my company, we often ask newbies to write an abstract or an executive summary. Many time they are really funny. We had a new chem engineer with a PHD from a U that was primo chem engineering and my partner gave him an article to write an exec summary for a client. NOW, English was not our engineers first language so, when he finished, his exec summary was actually LONGER than the paper he was abstracting. Hows that?