Start off writing as naturally and comfortably as possible. Don’t think about grammar or about any minor matters of phrasing or spelling. Think only about what you want to say....My favorite part is paragraph 2, where you get your text to say exactly what you want it to say without worrying about spelling, grammar, or "phrasing."
Next . . . get your text to say exactly what you want it to say—but still without worrying about minor matters of phrasing, grammar, or spelling....
Now turn your attention to phrasing, spelling, and grammar. . . . [R]ead it aloud to yourself ...and read your piece aloud to one or two listeners. . . . Give your final, typed version to another person to copy-edit.
Tryg Thoreson on Peter Elbow
I mean, jeez. If we're dispensing with phrasing, why not go all the way and dispense with writing altogether?
Writing is hard.
Talking is easier.
Also, where are all the volunteer copy editors? Do they copy edit blog posts?
Thoreson's article is a lot of fun.