Every writer has access to infinite possibilities of word arrangements

This always happens to me when I’m immersed in the writing process. The intent is always the same, to create the best draft. But I never know how many changes it’s going to take for me to say, This is the final version, and to actually mean that.

I’m working on a batch of poems I wrote years ago with the intent to finalize them. I concluded that it was necessary that years pass before I picked up those poems again and write their final versions. I was more confident in the revision/editing process this time around. I noticed I revised and edited quicker and better trusted my intuition when making those revision and editing choices. I was able to see what lines needed to be taken out. I say taken out because I didn’t delete them. I just piled them on another page in case they’re useful in the future.

I was better able to hear and see each poem’s foundation and heart. I felt more confident in bringing forth their individual meaning and beauty. Whereas before, I questioned my revision/editing choices a lot. I felt more comfortable with changing the title of a poem or leaving it untitled if I felt like it didn’t have the right title. I was able to take out many chunks of lines and words that weren’t needed with more confidence. I’d never done this with my poems before. I sometimes wondered if I was wrong for not finding ways to keep some lines when the lines decreased dramatically. Yet, after I removed the lines, I realized that I was still keeping the poem’s message.

Then I applied more writing strategies that have stuck with me over time. If I noticed that some consecutive lines didn’t have an image, I tried to figure out what image I could use to express an experience. For example, what image could I use to describe a sleepless night? I asked myself what’s the right word for what I’m trying to say here? Do I use selfless or virtuous? Do I use old or past? Do I use dull or mundane? I asked myself: how many adjectives are enough, do I use a or the, do I capitalize this letter or not, where can I add sound in this poem, and can I come up with an original way of saying things that have already been written about?

Sometimes I think that I won’t be able to find the right words to say what I want to say. I think that I’m not the writer who can write something extraordinary. Sometimes after waiting a bit and experimenting with the words, I end up surprising myself with what I write. I say this as evidence that every writer has access to infinite possibilities of word arrangements. 

What are your go-to revision and editing strategies? How has your writing process changed over the years? How do you know that you’ve completed the final draft? Leave me a comment. I’d love to talk to you about the writing process! 

With mucho cari​​ño,

Andrea

How journaling transforms your life

Do you want to find the answer to an important life question? Do you want to find your voice? Do you want to transform your life?

If so, journaling is the perfect place to start.

Listen to your inner wisdom and truth

Journaling helps you find the answers that are always always within you, the answers you’ll never find outside yourself.

It’s through introspection and analysis that you’re able to listen to and understand your inner wisdom and truth.

Sometimes you won’t want to face the truth. Sometimes you’ll come up with excuses for why your inner wisdom is not enough to decide on an answer.

But always, with time, you find the answer to the important life question within yourself.

Strengthen your unique voice

Journaling helps you find your voice. Despite your messiness and imperfection, journaling helps you figure out who you really are at the core.

Journaling also helps you explore what you’re not and what you don’t stand for. Journaling helps you honor your journey.

Transform your life through self improvement

Keeping a journal helps with self improvement. When you reread your journal entries, you become aware of yourself and your life.

You become aware of your thinking, your patterns, your actions.

There comes a point, when you start to question all of it. When you ask yourself:

Why do I believe this? Why is it that years have gone by, and I keep telling myself the same story?

And even though you won’t see change over night, this awareness helps you think differently and helps you set new beliefs because you’ll stop buying into the old belief systems.


Journaling helps you believe in your inner wisdom, become confident in your voice, and become aware of the ways your beliefs affect your thinking and actions. This is where the transformation of your life begins.