Body of work

Every writer wants to be proud of their body of work.

There are various and different bodies of work that individual writers work at. One is the article genre, for example. Another is the review. And yet another is poetry, and so on.

I’ve done articles, reviews, devotions, so far. I aim with my devotional work to have a body of work I am pleased with and proud of.

The others I have done, the articles and reviews, I wasn’t consciously aware I was creating a body of work, although I see now that I was.

Unfortunately, of some the reviews I still have published online, I am not particularly proud of in their entirety. Some parts sound great, but sometimes the flow is cluttered, which means I was overflowing my sentences with too many words that needed a simpler expression. Although when I look back at those reviews, I may find they sound better than I’m thinking now, but I’ll wait and see how I feel about those reviews.

Maybe I’ll just have to live with what I’ve done online in terms of reviews. Ideally, I would have liked an almost perfect body of work, that is tight and focused, like writing reviews in one genre and nailing the reviews. But someone who reads them may think differently.

Ideally, a writer wants to have a sense of pride and satisfaction in all their various bodies of works, so what this takes is a concentrated, deliberate, and careful effort, that executes a body of work well, with each part a shining example. But sometimes, it’s about improving as we go along, and one day execute a body of work that is more like one’s ideal.

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