Editing Advice

Beneath the Skin: Levels of Editing Poems, a guest post by Marilyn McCabe is one of the better sets of advice I’d run across on how to improve a draft. Applies to prose too. She elaborates three levels:

  • text on the page – adverbs, adjectives, punctuation, line breaks.
  • intention – does the poem achieve what I want/intend.
  • ambition – why am I doing this?

Worth a read.

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