I put a great deal of thought into what I am writing. I have a goal for every post. I want my reader to feel a certain way. I want you to laugh, to imagine, to appreciate, to feel. Thus, the way I set up my stories is very important to me. To get the effect I am after, I need to make sure I present and build the story to bring about the intended response.
More than once, I have published a post, and then in retrospect, realized that it did not sound the way I wanted it to sound. Sometimes, I played the words in my head and I knew it was not quite right. I knew something needed to be rewritten, changed, made clearer. Other times, someone pointed out to me that the wording was different from my intended meaning or tone. I was being misconstrued or unclear. The piece needed to be worked over to be made better. I always tell my students that revision and editing are the most important parts of the writing process. What kind of teacher would I be I if I did not heed my own instruction?
Posts that have changed:
Day 1: Birth Day! The very first post was altered! After about two weeks, I knew I wasn’t going to forget my password. I took out a sentence.
Day 4: Dishes. Four days in and confusion over my intent. I reworded a section.
Day 7: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. In my defense, we were on our way out the door and I did not hit spell check. Upon rereading it, I saw too many typos to count.
Day 8: The Neighborhood Bar. A friend said it was confusing. I rewrote a paragraph and broke the paragraphs differently.
Day 15: Happy Birthday Maggie. Upon rereading, I took out a confusing section in the middle.
Day 34: When are They Old Enough? After a conversation with my aunt, I decided I did not elucidate well enough.
Day 48: Any Given Sunday, 1976. Editing error. A friend pointed out a word error I did not see. Quick fix.
Day 66: Preoccupied with Health. After some consideration, I went back to try to make it funnier.
Day 77: Wait! I think I have a coupon! Thought about it. The first paragraph seemed redundant to me. I took out a section.
Day 78: What We Talk About While Drinking Beer. Three people said it was hostile. I wasn’t going for hostile. I was going for funny. When I said it out loud it was funny, but you can’t hear my inflection on the page.
The changes are subtle, but in each case, I think revision and editing improved the piece of writing. I am not a hypocrite. When I say editing and revision matter, I mean it.