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:iconthenaughticallife:
TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Looking for different ways to approach editing and revising for my new collection of poems.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Writer
good luck
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
How do you usually edit?
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Usually I edit for flow first (rearrange, add/subtract), then focus on how to better articulate the piece. I'll usually do that by expanding on ideas or metaphors (I use them a lot). Lastly I go over it a few more times to make sure it's concise.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I honestly not know how else you could change your approach, other than giving yourself time away from the piece. I don't write a lot of poetry myself, but the processing of revising never changes much for me. I don't see why it would need to. :shrug:

I guess if you're having trouble with a piece, you can stick it in a drawer, or do what I have done on occasion--make a cut-up out of it. Or you could write it in another style, etc.
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DorianHarper Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Reading your work aloud is a great method for revising (especially poetry). Your ear will pick up on mistakes that your eye might easily miss.
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Writer
You know, some people have said that but I've never really tried it. I'll give it a go. :)
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Dr-Vergissmeinnicht Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What hasn't been working for you previously?
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Writer
It's not necessarily what hasn't been working, I'm just looking for ideas. Usually I'm only editing one or two poems at a time and will mill on them for a few days.
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Dr-Vergissmeinnicht Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well one, I would suggest edit them for a short period then put them away for a few days and then go back. In that time you'll be able to come up with new ideas. Also you can ask other to take a look :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you have so far?
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm through one go of revisions & down to 25 from 30.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I mean in terms of techniques and stuff, as far as editing goes. The OP could either be coming from someone who's never edited, or someone who's at the end of their editing rope. I'm hoping the latter :P
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Here is my response to someone asking how I go about editing: "Usually I edit for flow first (rearrange, add/subtract), then focus on how to better articulate the piece. I'll usually do that by expanding on ideas or metaphors (I use them a lot). Lastly I go over it a few more times to make sure it's concise."

My motive for asking is because I'm used to editing one to three poems at a time. Since I'm working with a different workload I figure I could do with some new ideas.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Much more useful :nod:

For a big collection, I'd still say break it down into chunks, get each thing where you want it individually, and then look at it as a whole. But I'm pulling this out of my ass.
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