Improving

Improve! Speak for yourself, someone says! Yes, I aim to, maybe you will, too. We’re all trying…Take the opportunity to improve your work by looking at your old articles, stories, and seeing if anything could do with a tweak or major revision. Any things you learn in your revising will spill into your current work and only improve it–and at a quicker speed.

I believe in revision

Because the piece would sound terrible if I did not revise. Sometimes, I can get away without revising, but most times I must. It shows that one is not perfect the first time. There will be mistakes and errors that go unnoticed the first time, so when one comes back to the piece, one sees the problems and fixes them. Revision is hard work, but can produce beautiful work.

Being thoughtful

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.

Touch up

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.