Monday, February 10, 2014

Why I Write 4: Revision is writing

Poetry needs as much revision and editing as novels, short stories, and articles do.

One thing I’ve learned is that there’s always something in the writing that could be better. That’s why you could find yourself rewriting many drafts before coming to some sort of conclusion that it’s the best it could get before an agent or editor gets their hands on it.

Sometimes, we have to settle for the best instead of the greatest. And you know what? It’s okay. The important thing is to get through the process of polishing the manuscript. It helps make you a better writer, and that’s what readers want: better writing.

A poem I wrote titled “Seasons” is a good example of one I would go back and revise. There are a lot of good images, but I feel it needs tightening in the Autumn section.

I’ve gotten a lot of good responses from a poem I wrote for Valentine’s Day called “Veteran’s Wish.” I hope you enjoy it.


You can check out “Seasons” in the Fall 2013, Issue 60 on

You can also see my latest poem “Veteran’s Wish” in the Free Love, Issue 2 on

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