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How Can I Get (More) Editors' Choice(s)?

Mckay posted this thread...
Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I've received quite a few already. But I know I can do better. What can I do to receive more Editors' Chioces? What are some tips?

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Mckay replied...
Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Any replies? 

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ChrisJ replied...
Jul. 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Whenever I write a piece, I wait a few days before reading it or even touching it again after I finish. This allows the piece to evolve to the best that it can be over a certain period of time. Just remember not to lose the initial message or theme that you are trying to convey with the piece as you go back and edit it. Hope this helps, and by the way I don't know why you even need advice..........as I have read your work I have been so amazed and astonished at your talents. Great job and please keep writing!

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Jul. 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm

And you have like a million XDDD I say what I do to get my editor's choice awards (I only have seven, though, so you might not wanna take advice from me) is to look at each word and see how you can make it less vague. If you can eliminate words and make it more concise, do it (however, don't eliminate words at the cost of the poem's flow, if you get what I mean). Look for fresher metaphors that you could use. If you look at a line and cringe a little bit at how weak that line is compared to the rest of the poem, then fix it before you submit it ('cause that might be the deal breaker in terms of another award). So yeah, that's my pithy little half-rant.

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Mckay replied...
Aug. 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Thank you for the adivce. I appreciate it. I see that every writer has his/her own method. I think I'll be using yours more often hereafter. I use it....sort of already. But sometimes, I just have to re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-read it a myriad times. (And I'm always asking for advice for this.) It not only helps me out but other people I know are also wanting to know how they can improve. Plus, their a some other writers here who have way more Editors' Choices than I do. MyApocalytic, a literary friend of mine here, has like 60 or 70...more or less. Thank you for the advice. 
I will take your advice no matter what. I've read your poetry. And they're really excellent. I'm envious of your poetry. Sometimes I think, d*mn, why didn't I come up with that? I'll be using your adivce here on our. Definitely. Thanks. 

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