I hate revising as much as the next guy. Regardless I can't deny its value. To lessen the load, most writers come up with personal rules to make the process more streamlined. The "cut and paste" method is one of those.
Literally, if one had heard this term, all they can think of is the common cut and paste method that we always do in our computers.
Normally, that term is both useful and should also be avoided. Useful in the sense that you can save up your time doing something with the help of the "cut and paste" method. Besides, this what makes your work easy.
But on the contrary, this is also one of the things that needs to be avoid when working online or even offline. Particularly in cutting the work of others and inserting it in your own works. It is like some sort of stealing some parts effortlessly where others are dying to work on it.
It's not really good to cut someone's work just like stealing or copying what they've done and paste it in your work. You will be charged for illegal acts if you do that.
But why should we have to do the "cut and paste" revising in writing if we all know that it is not good to do it? as I said, we only base the scenario literally. But honestly, there is still other definition on the "cut and paste method of revising your content.
Compared to the alternatives, which require plenty of rewriting, this particular system is exactly as the name implies: you cut parts of the text and you paste them. Well, not exactly, since you'll probably insert some additional text in between. For the most part, though, that's how it will go.
*Separate the wheat from the chaff. Pick out the good lines and keep them. Sort out the bad ones and cut them out.
*Take the good lines and arrange them in logical order. Play with different sequences to see which works best to arrive at your meaning.
*Figure out from the sequence you've decided on what the essential meaning of the piece is. While you may have had a different idea at the start, the words may be pointing at a different thread. We suggest going with the flow, rather than forcing a change.
*To properly connect the individual bits you've kept (as well as round out the ideas each of them details), you will naturally need to do some writing. It can be a lot of writing or just a small amount, depending on how much of the original draft you ended up keeping. Either way, you have to sufficiently round it out in as few words (ideally) as you can.
While the above still sounds like a lot of work, it's actually considerably less-intensive than other revising options. Paired with a complete writing software, it's likely the shortest route you have from a draft to a finished piece.