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

rabbitquest
rabbitquest
Dangerous Mind
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Gosh, I would have to say,
Get the thought of writing something in your mind, think about who you are writing to, how you want them to feel, then some day soon, you will get a dead end feeling, and nothing decent comes out.
Then one fine day or night you set out writing, an by gosh it works, and while you are writing, you are thinking, thinking and writing, writing and thinking, and that is it.

WeesusMadimas
WeesusMadimas
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Oh gosh. Most of them are evolving for weeks or months at a time until im truly happy with them but, once in a blue moon I'll be in that perfect element where I manage to write exactly what I mean to say on the very first try. Like my brain's being hijacked by my emotions.

Breedlove
Breedlove
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I rarely edit! I basically just let it flow... Just the type of writing style that suits me. I wish I could motivate myself to edit/revise more. Maybe change my writing style all together.

senid
senid
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I want to edit more. My first drafts tend to be pretty rough, sometimes just words all over the place. I write by hand in a 3 ring binder for my first draft. Sometimes I edit it there on future days, often I pick one and post it online. That's often the only editing I do. I always say I want to be a better poet, and currently I think that means the editing for me. Very interested in how others do things.

inechoingsilence
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I tend to write in a googledoc, then cut and paste. I edit a little, but it's more for capitalization, spelling - things like that. Things sit inside me for a while and when they come out, the word vomit is very apropos. Once it's here, I leave it be for months, and THEN I might edit further. I think my poetry is as good as it can be right now, as my focus is seriously divided into many different principals at the moment.

ManuelPessanha
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Abracadabra
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I believe no poem is ever finished only abandoned by its owner.
Editing and re-editing older work can be useful when I'm stuck for a write, as it quickly gets me in the poetic mindset.
Some poems are like wine, emotions need time to breathe before I can revisit and savor their full potential.
Guess that makes me a serial tweaker.



JohnnyBlaze
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Wafflenose
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Ellie
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I edit heavily, and won't share anything until I think it's as good as I can make it without help.  That's where you lot come in.

TRFLD
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I edit so much and may edit long after I posted something or have it draft-written, so if I post something, in a title, I mark that it's not excluded for it to be edited, expanded/shortened. I may spend hours in dictionaries and thesauruses. Of the several works I have, there's only one social-network-posted and it still gets edited.

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