posted on Nov, 20 2015 @ 09:10 PM
a reply to: Aeshma
Ahah, I wouldn't say I'm a pro. Thus far I've only posted old works here, nothing newly written for ATS.
I give different pieces different levels of work. Poems I write just to right are given relatively little thought, and even less revision. But when I
write things that are meant to be read by other people, I put a lot more effort in. I write slowly, carefully crafting each line. I will sit with a
thesaurus and a dictionary open beside me (usually two tabs on my browser, whether I am writing on the computer or on paper). I edit as I write, often
typing things out then half deleting as I recraft the idea I am trying to get across. After I have my initial draft, I go back and re-examine. I look
at grammar and syntax, to make sure it reads well (ie no errors). I also look at style, which sometimes supersedes grammar. If there is a fragmented
sentence, it's probably meant to be like that in order to convey something. I also examine content, to make sure the piece is fleshed out and
complete, sometimes fleshing areas out or scrapping parts that don't fit.
This process can take quite a while, depending on how much revision a piece goes through. Sometimes I only do one sweep where I work out any kinks,
then call it quits. Sometimes it takes weeks. I go over it and make some changes, then see how it works. Go in again, change other things, or try
something new if a change feels unsuccessful from the first time around. I will ask other people to read and comment, so I can take their thoughts
into account as well--different people pick up on different things.
I come from a family of writers and editors, and have some education in those fields. I do think I have a better base than some, maybe even many
people, but would never consider myself a master.