It’s a problem that I have been overcoming. With some of my work, a problem when I’m writing is saying so much that some paragraphs become cluttered or not saying enough when a thought should be expanded so as to provide the meaning. But I had to be more thoughtful about these difficulties. I somehow conquered this by getting everything in my head down on paper. And with a certain amount of editing, say it in such a way, that it’s clear. Being more thoughtful in other words.
Difficulties in writing can pass, but one must be aware of them first, for without awareness, then there is no rectifying.
So, I tried to sort it out with those pieces that on second reading sounded a little underdone or overdone.
A two paragraph devotion I’ve been revising sounds like I’m in the throes of sending it. I was. But I got thinking about if I believed in what I was writing. What if I changed it? What if some tweaks were made? Yes, I think that may work. In that light, it has potential.
This week I’ve been turning paragraphs around in terms of their arrangement within the paragraph. But what about swapping two paragraphs around, so that the bottom paragraph goes at the top and the top paragraph goes to the bottom. As there are only two paragraphs in this piece this wasn’t a case of plowing through many paragraphs to see if swapping top to bottom wouldn’t make cohesive sense. Even so I risked the possibility of losing the sense of this two paragraph piece. But it sounded better when I swapped them.
As I edited a piece, there were various things along the way that needed doing. There were several small points that contributed to the whole piece sounding better: a change of one word, deleting a sentence, addressing coherency, and most of all patience in waiting for the piece, day after day, getting right and potentially publishable.
A few years ago I got a call saying they wanted a clarification on something I wrote. Of course, one could take this personally–thoughts going through your head, ‘I got it wrong’, ‘I did bad’ etc. But it reminded me to be sure of the details in seemingly clear-cut places.