Congratulations to everyone who participated in the poem a day challenge. It was a long thirty days but I hope the experience was worth it. You should now have thirty poems to polish up and get ready for submission.
To get you started on your editing, here are some editing tips.
Word Choice – look for fresh words and descriptions for each word in your poem. Say hello to your thesaurus.
Show, don’t tell – Don’t explain overtly, do it through images and metaphors, actions and freshly sharpened pencils.
Clarity – Does it all make sense? You can be abstract or vague but losing your reader because their confused isn’t good.
Trim the fat – If you don’t need it, lose it. Look for repeated words, situations or ideas that don’t move your poem forward.
When editing you need to be in the right frame of mind. You’re there to edit, are there distractions, or do you need to pee? I think you get the point. Before doing any editing read through your poem once or twice to get a feeling for what you were saying in it.
Using these tips will help you polish your poetry to share with the world.
Have a great day.