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The writing do-over

Mon, Apr 9, 2018 | Read in 2 minutes

“Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.”

Excerpt From: The Editors, “365 Days of Writing Prompts.” iBooks.

Writing is vastly different from publishing. Writing could mean and be anything, but publishing is subject to an audience who can be either be accepting or critical. With writing, one can simply jot down thoughts, whereas publishing somewhat creates pressure on the writer to make those thoughts easily absorbed by the reader.

My Blog Everyday in April Project/ Challenge means my work is subjected to the online reader’s views and opinions. It’s part of the publishing process. And I try with all the creativity I have to make sure my point is clear.

However, there will be times when errors arise and mistakes happen. And sometimes, the writer is compelled to edit and revise.

In my case, I do revise when I need to, perhaps out of my need to try to keep typos and grammars up to a standard. But I never thought of revising an entire blog posts, which I think could be better. I could always do better but I also want the not-so-good pieces of my work to remain as is because it serves as my reminder and guide.

Mistakes don’t always need to be erased or edited. Sometimes, keeping them keeps your own standards in check. Once upon a time, those blog posts made you proud and there was a reason why you felt that way. Perhaps you might feel different about them now but that doesn’t mean you have to change them. It just means you’ve developed a certain kind of taste for your work that is much improved than before.

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