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

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Behavioral tends to be mood driven, but I use the majority of my Writing as a way to center and calm.
This is why You'll see more Nature-based poetry shat out by me.
My mind is chaotic, so this brings me focus...something lacked until a project of my interest grabs hold.
At times I say "Im going to" enter a project, other times it is simply muse driven.
But if I place myself within sphere of others, in that interaction sense, such as a thread here...I tend to meld a little or at least try to.
Connections are rare, so this is another outlet for it, with common interests or glowing new ones from prior unknowns.


How strict do You want to become with forms, do You want to learn them, or learn them to throw them away, or use as a pocket of hidden gems?

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My pieces have a tendency to evolve with time.  I am always editing my work until I reach a point where I would need better command of language or better skill with forms to make it any better.  Then I learn new things and go back and adjust as necessary.  

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LunaGreyhawk said:My pieces have a tendency to evolve with time.  I am always editing my work until I reach a point where I would need better command of language or better skill with forms to make it any better.  Then I learn new things and go back and adjust as necessary.  about 20 years ago, i used to write it down by hand, rewrite it to make it tidy, editing with each rewrite, till i had something i thought 'decent' AND looked nice handwritten . then i might just leave it with no intentions of returning to it, or maybe submit somewhere. i think, also, that i had so much that needed to get out i didn't have the time to give too much attention to older writes as i needed to get the new stuff down. i have more leeway now.

your post has me nodding in agreement: as i've developed as a writer, i find i can revisit those old pieces and see they may have held the core idea but had plenty of room for improvement. i needed that space, those additional skills, to be able to identify that.

even pre-published pieces have been tinkered with; damn, if movies can have do-overs or director's cuts, then so can my poems.

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Anonymous said:<< post removed >>

Aww, shucks. Thanks for the shout-out.

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my one caveat about revisiting older works to edit would be this:

don't let it get in the way of anything new coming out. the old stuff will still be there later, the new idea might escape you if you don't address it RIGHT NOW.

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Anonymous said:<< post removed >>

We feel the same way about you, Brando. Thank you.

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I'm in your lane "ThinLane"(#OP). I do almost no editing. I doubt most changes I make. I have a process... A creative process... It's like:

"Fuck It!"

and jumps right in. It's the pure joy of being up in the air that is the sink and the swim.

Trying to nail down a 'note,' a 'tone' or a 'such'.. is bothersome and a kin to nailing down a coffin.. bothersome.

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butters said:my one caveat about revisiting older works to edit would be this:

don't let it get in the way of anything new coming out. the old stuff will still be there later, the new idea might escape you if you don't address it RIGHT NOW.


Thatís some sage advice.  Iíve discovered it does hold me back from a new write at times.  

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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?
I feel similarly about my poetry. I have friends that like to visit and revisit over a month or longer. Myself I fear that keeping my eye on old pieces might get in the way of something coming over the horizon.

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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?
perhaps not enough, many if not most times

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Till its is completely acceptable :)

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I can definitely say I read it 3 to 4 times right before deciding to post then I start the posting process.  I put in submit poem read it again a couple of more times.  Then I go to preview, read it another time or 2.  I'm so worried about misspelling, forgetting a word, misusing one and or also finding better words to allow better expression.  I probably worry too much?  Some may say proably not enough?  Punctuation is my biggest downfall perhaps!!!  At least I hope and not my words.

Haha look at that misspelled the word probably in there.  Yup leaving just as it is.

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Usually, not at all, send it fresh from the oven. Yes, I know it shows but it's my choice. Sometimes I check if there is a hint of needing a reference to a quote. However, something to think about is a positive exercise.

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I tend to get stuck in the details of things so I try to do as little editing as possible (really only ever looking at punctuation). Occasionally, I might stew on a poem for a few days or mull over word choice, but for the poems that I intend to be more raw and emotional, I try not to overthink it and let the feelings speak for themselves.

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