Edit

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Edit
Edit the words
Strip it back
Delete that line, can’t say that.

Remove the emotion
Conceal the real meaning
Replace that sentence
Cross out what you really want to say.

Conform
Follow the standards
Watch the spelling
Don’t break the rules, they’ll call you out.

Play by the rules
The Rules
The Rules
The Rules
Ruin.

20 thoughts on “Edit

  1. Exactly: “ruin”. Such a good for any writer or reader to read. One of my favorites of yours, if not my favorite. Love this: “Strip it back / Delete that line, can’t say that.” Love this: “Conceal the real meaning / Replace that sentence / Cross out what you really want to say”. Love this, too: “Don’t break the rules, they’ll call you out.” In the end there is too much “conformity” in the way we must write. But hopefully things will change. Again: great work!

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    1. Wow, thanks for your thoughts on this Ben πŸ’œ I know I struggle sometimes to let go of ‘the rules’ and how I believe something ‘should be’ for it to be valid or have worth. But in our freedom of expression, people connect with what we write and I tend to believe that the ‘value’ is found in those connections. Write on brave soul 😊

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      1. Yes, there is much conformity to writing and rules. But creativity must not be lost in it. Takes bravery to write, for sure. I like that which you said. “A strong spirit transcends rules” – Prince

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  2. Ha! Yes, the drawbacks of writing! Painting is better on this point – once it’s done it’s done. No outside influence or interference. And the beauty is in the eye of the beholder not the editors/publishers/critics!!!
    xoxo
    πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸŒΉπŸ˜πŸ˜

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    1. Oh yes, you must feel this keenly. It’s difficult I think to balance the two. I tend to lean more towards ‘form’ in my writing (particularly when editing), but I try to embrace ‘flair’ as much as I can.

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