A gym trainer will take you through your steps until you get the exercise right. I used to go the gym and the staff were there to show me how to do the exercises the proper way or best way until I got it. In anything I do, it’s good to go through with it the right way or best way if I am not doing the procedure or process the right or best way. In writing, touching up my work is the final touch on a manuscript that may mean life or death to the manuscript. The touch up is the right thing to do for a piece of writing. It’s good to check my work for the final brushstroke as minor things can make a big difference. A touch up is essential to the process of writing. The intended meaning is communicated better with a touch up. Clearness and readability can be established with a touch-up. Sloppy work is transformed into clean looking work. I have learnt the touch up through the hard experience of producing work that needed more editing, even though it gets published. I learnt to do the touch up through thinking through my writing. However one gets to the point of the touch up, it will improve a piece.
Once this week I thought: I’m still ruthlessly deciding on what devotional ideas to use or not to use. If any are worth writing up formally, so I can relax by writing less. Now I says: The material’s mostly gone –been rubbished, binned and formally incinerated. Remnants, though, survive. Even those I thought I could recycle in another form are mostly gone. But as I say, some survived the burning process. And one has an eye on better devotions for the future.
Writers on their own, with a book in hand, may need an agent or representative, because agents are closer to the publishers. Agents are also good because they save the writer having to concentrate on marketing work as well as writing it. Or one can go it alone in the grand scheme of choices a writer has in getting their work published. Send an email. Try and meet the publisher, even if out of town. This is the hard work of marketing one’s work alone. Some go out to the workforce and work as a writer, full-time. They are in the job as it was.
The opposite of the problem of writers block is too much writing. There are lots of ideas and written passages on my notebook and computer and I think I am under an obligation to use them all, which feels oppressive. Then comes liberating the notebook/s, by eliminating useless ideas. But, who knows, in years to come, they be viewed better. So, it’s probably a good idea to keep them and not worry about the clutter for a while.
On last count, a few minutes ago, one-third of my shelved devotions that I have looked at again have been recoverable. The key to recovering them is to focus them on one point.