“Doing good work and having creative thoughts means very little unless you’re able to express that work and those thoughts to others in as straightforward a way as possible.

“To edit yourself isn’t an admission of lack of talent; it’s sticking up for that talent by taking the time to make sure that everyone can understand what you’re trying to say.”

-Josh Ritter, “Seeing Red: To Write Is to Edit.” The Wall Street Journal. October 15, 2011

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    • Chel Owens April 5, 2021 / 5:05 pm

      I thought it good advice!

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  1. Vishal D April 6, 2021 / 3:11 pm

    I think a lot of modern poets (and I’m talking about published ones who don’t blog) might disagree. A lot of the critically acclaimed stuff is tough to understand unless you know the context. I read the poetry collection that won the T.S.Eliot prize this year (by Bhanu Kapil). I misinterpreted it, and had to go back, do some research and then I got it. As far as prose is concerned, most good writers are lucid I reckon.

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    • Chel Owens April 6, 2021 / 6:01 pm

      More timeless works take more time, I suppose. I’ll have to look up his poetry.

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      • Vishal D April 6, 2021 / 6:35 pm

        Her poetry. I think the poetic narrative changed with modernism.

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  2. hbsuefred April 18, 2021 / 11:45 am

    Potential sanity-saving advice for perfectionist procrastinator aspiring writers like me!

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  3. hbsuefred May 22, 2021 / 11:15 am

    I hadn’t thought about it but of course the answer is yes.

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