They tell you to never look back. It just stifles the present. In writing, it makes one think of the negative points of one’s writing. I wish I had done it better one moans. However, I do not mind looking back at what I have written in the past if just for the curiosity of rediscovering how my older work sounded.
The headline, the opening paragraph, and the photos, all come together to set the tone for the article. The editors … Continue reading When the page comes together
Do small touches make the difference to an article? Like a slight tweak, a slight delete, a shortening, a change … Continue reading Small touches matter: the edit that counts
An editor of mine, a while ago, had the good sense to ‘broaden’ or ‘widen’ my paragraphs. In my submitted … Continue reading Editing that works
It’s nice to have read through an article I got published and find the editor did nothing significant at all–in … Continue reading Just right
This week I’ve been turning paragraphs around in terms of their arrangement within the paragraph. But what about swapping two … Continue reading Fancy editing
Looking back, a really old review of mine was given major editorial treatment, in other words it was in need … Continue reading Helpful editors in time of need
Editors are there to present your work, but I wasn’t expecting life lessons as well. However, I’ve finally grasped what … Continue reading Good, unexpected lessons from editors
Eagerness to submit and get published may prevent one from getting the piece right first. A fault of mine in submitting, which may still slip me up from time to time, is submitting before the piece is ripe.
I’ve learnt something from this which I would like to tell others about. That the best time to submit is not immediately after you’ve edited something.
Once this week I thought: I’m still ruthlessly deciding on what devotional ideas to use or not to use. If … Continue reading Binning one’s work may be premature
Writers on their own, with a book in hand, may need an agent or representative, because agents are closer to … Continue reading Marketing one’s work alone
The opposite of the problem of writers block is too much writing. There are lots of ideas and written passages … Continue reading When ideas are too many to handle
On last count, a few minutes ago, one-third of my shelved devotions that I have looked at again have been … Continue reading Focusing on one point eliminates waffle
I wrote just over a dozen devotions recently, but only two I decided to submit, the salient ones. I realized … Continue reading Filing away the ‘reusable’ ones
My first draft looked at a little tatty, what’s new? I was going to flag it. Never to submit the … Continue reading Persevering
Budding screenwriters take note.
Writing is a catch-22, but I’m not talking ’bout the film or novel on which a film is based. Catch-22 … Continue reading To revise or not to revise