Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Revision, revision, revision
In Chapter VII. "The Key," the last three stanzas are referring to searching out the best words and revising.
What wants to continue must not end;
what has been fully stated is itself a conclusion.
However each sentence branches and spreads,
it grows from a well-placed phrase.
Restrain verbosity, establish order;
otherwise, further and further revision. (lines 5-10)
The ideas in these stanzas are so important to completing a work. A writer seeks precision, to make the "well-placed phrase." And when it is said well, the reader understands. The difficulty comes in deciding if what is written met the demand. I trust my instincts. I have been working on an anthology (which I have mentioned in prior posts) and have been going through each story. Two stories continue to make me hesitate to include them, so I finally pulled them out of the work. What is left is strong, but still in need of revision. And so, I am off to "further and further" revise.