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Art of Editing

It was no accident that the ancient Greeks and Romans used wax tablets for writing:

the tablet was made of wood and covered with a layer of wax, writing on the surface was performed with a pointed instrument, a stylus – words we are familiar with today! The entire tablet could be erased by heating it up and smoothing it over – ‘erase all’ – so even in ancient times it was clear that, as Roald Dahl said, ” Good writing is essentially rewriting”. The key action, is of course to get something written in the first place – your first draft and there may be many more which follow.

Principles to editing poetry :


Published by poetisatinta

I was born and live in rural North Wales (UK) and found poetry again after a lifetime, so grateful I did :)

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