Of great importance is the author’s intuition. So, if when re-reading a written article, he has some inconvenience from the phrase, then you can use the following technique. Imagine that this phrase is not. Did something change in the article: the presentation logic was lost, the meaning was lost? If not, feel free to cross out this phrase, no matter how beautiful it is. At the same time, in the technical literature the words-inserts are quite pertinent: “really”, “of course”, “really”, “on the other hand”, etc., used for logical transitions in the text. Such words, although they do not decorate the text, are “road signs” warning about the author’s turn of mind . Especially useful is the use of these words in a mathematical text to show logical connections. The author of a technical article should work on the text until it removes all ambiguities (this is not poetry, in which we admit the “secret” meaning of the verses).
When the author writes: “A film of copper on a substrate is applied by thermal and cathode spraying,” it is unclear whether both types of deposition are applied simultaneously or some of them. Sometimes the annotations of articles contain the phrase “the purpose of this article is to give the reader a minimum of information on the subject under study” . It has a false meaning: the author did not want to give the reader less information.
Any author who has published two dozen articles reaches a certain level in the presentation of thoughts. For him, two or three alterations of the originally written article are enough. A novice author needs to get used to the idea that genuine work on an article begins immediately after writing the first version. We must mercilessly delete all unnecessary, select the right expression of thoughts, remove all incomprehensible and having a double meaning. But three or four alterations of the text may be a little. Many authors adhere to the following method of writing a scientific article. First you need to write down everything that comes to mind at the moment.
Let it be written badly, here the freshness of the impression is more important. After that, the draft is put on the table and for a while they forget about it. And only then begins the author’s editing: redoing, deleting, inserting new material. And so several times. This work ends not when there is nothing to add to the article, but when nothing can be thrown out of it. No serious researcher writes “With a swing”. All have difficulty in presenting. Even the classics N.V. Gogol, L.N. Tolstoy, G. Flaubert, and many others worked hard and painfully on the text. The study can only be considered complete when it lies before the author in printed form. Even when the article has been written and submitted to a publishing house, the work of the author has not yet been completed: there is still contact with the editor. The word “editor” originates from the Latin redactus (put in order).