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How much do you edit your work before you post it?

thinlane
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I like to go with my gut and do almost no editing. A word or phrase here or there gets moved around or taken out but not much more to speak of. How much do you do?

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I don't usually edit my work...I like it raw, straight from the heart. Sometimes I do some edits too but only to correct punctuations, grammar, etc.

That way I can compare over time how much I've improved. There is really no rule on editing, unless you have someone edit it for you. Here, you can post anyway you like.

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it depends. sometimes i write it and post immediately. sometimes i sit on it a few days, then go back and edit. i get long winded at times and i'm bad for mixing my metaphors if i'm free writing and then don't go back to see what i did.

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if anything, a word or two....must keep process as spontaneous & non-selfconscious as possible.......Hi Ho.....i pity the "OCD Artists" who have to sweat bullets over each word to 'get it right' in proper postures'd'classroom to get a 'good-grade' & Be A Good POET.  

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Until it is preserved in the amber of a finalized printing - book, magazine, etc -  everything remains open to editing. I still revisit and rewrite poems as old as 10 years, even after they have been consumed as is. If someone suggests a poem could be improved, I'm all ears.

There are very few poems that can't be improved. Unfortunately, there are very few who are capable of pointing out what those improvements could be.


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I am a habitual editor.
I never see how my poetry really reads  until it's posted.
Then again being dyslexic I'm sure has everything to do with that.

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about 4 times....
English is not my first language ... so I sometimes mix up words that sound alike but mean something different.

ugh... but hey ... thank you 'Google'

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thinlane said:I like to go with my gut and do almost no editing. A word or phrase here or there gets moved around or taken out but not much more to speak of. How much do you do?

Editing is a constant process that doesn't stop until you die.

poet Anonymous

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thinlane
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After reading some of your comments I believe I'll be thinking hard about my editing style with my poetry. It's there to be worked on forever so why not revisit it? With my long fiction I edit like a madman so why am I so freeform and quick with my poetry I wonder? Something to mull over. I'm not talking about a word or two but even the structure.

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I usually only edit a poem as I am writing it because then I can work some phrases out, however, there are times when I will go back and edit a poem a few dozen times before deciding what to do with it. Other things however, such as stories, I will type, print, edit, edit again, retype, and repeat the process. It just depends on my mood and how well my details and such things are done.

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I think I'd slot into the chronic editing category. I'll edit every line multiple times before I consider the poem finished, some poems feel like they write themselves, these need little editing, but others can take days and need more work. On the odd occasion I've made some minor edits on poems written years ago, but I won't make drastic edits on old poems, it feels like you're stealing a soul when you fuck around with them too much after the muse is long gone.

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I can hack at a piece for hours or even days after a first draft ... Fortunately poetry doesn't follow conventional norms in terms of punctuation, nonetheless I still play around with line spacing endlessly as it affects the flow of a piece for a reader

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I have easily put many hours into a single piece. Every word counts. Eliminate the static and deliver only source material.

I also record my poems so practicing the performance can take a while too

poet Anonymous

As a person who makes a partial living off my writing [mainly books], I have no choice BUT to edit.  But in all honesty, Poetry doesn't require much editing as the majority of it is free-versed and punctuation is optional and grammar (whether spelled or pronounced correct or incorrectly) is entirely up to the Poet/Poetress.

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