Nudge to revise

“Can you add more about your mother? Did she ever work?” stated my one writing partner after I read aloud my draft. (which I posted last Tuesday and you can see HERE).

I awoke early last Tuesday morning and drafted and posted that slice at one Starbucks. Then drove to meet up with F & B at another Starbucks at 10am for our first of the summer writing club meetings. This has been a happy habit of ours for the past several summers. As I drove, I was already thinking of a few revisions. I felt I had rushed the ending so I chose to work on my slice some more during this time. B wanted to write about her garden and F arrived with no set idea but our celebration of her recent retirement and her sudden broken iPad gave her two. We set the timer for 30 minutes and wrote at the same outdoor table in silence. When my phone alarm sounded, I offered to share first. As I read my writing aloud, F & B listened with full attention. Then both offered compliments and suggestions.

As a write, it is so helpful to have trusted “strangers” listening. They make me aware of rushed, confusing or missing parts. Today, I took their advise and added more about my own mother’s story to my last week’s slice and pressed Update, all because I am lucky enough to have F & B as my writing partners who nudge me to revise. I am doublly lucky to then be a part of this virtual writing community which gives me a place to share little moments and which ultimately keeps me writing.

Do you have any trusted, in-person friends who listen and offer writing suggestions?
Do you ever return to a slice and revise it?

13 thoughts on “Nudge to revise

  1. mschiubookawrites says:

    Oooh, I love that you meet regularly with your writing group. Cheers to B and F. Your reflections and actions from this meeting are inspiring. I rarely go back to revise an old post, usually because I revise at least five times before I hit submit, but I am now considering how feedback from others could improve a piece. I can’t wait to go and read your update. Happy summer reading and writing!


  2. Terje says:

    How wonderful to have such a group. I am happy for you and a tad envious at the same time. I have never returned to a slice to revise it. The changes I make are on the go as i write. Once published I accept them as they are – a snapshot of my life and writing at the moment. Enjoy your writing summer!


  3. Juliette Awua-Kyerematen says:

    Sally this is interesting. I also wrote about a webinar that really helped me revise a picture book story I have been working on for a couple of years. It’s great having a writing group like yours, I am part of a similar writing group and it helps me in many ways too. I rarely go back to a piece I have published but when I read them at a later date I always know I could have revised it in a particular way.


  4. margaretsmn says:

    I know I would not be the writer I am today and the one I will be tomorrow without nudges from my writing partners. Invaluable.


  5. Erika says:

    I really want to find an in person group! I love my online writing communities, but there is something more I know I would gain from having a community like that. You are an inspiration the way you take the time to revise.


  6. Fran McCrackin says:

    I read your revised piece on women and laws, and your changes are great. I really like learning more about your mom keeping the books “as if she had an accounting degree” and then jumping in to actually run the business as a new widow. I actually hope you will talk with your mom to learn more about that period in her life, while you can. It must have been such a difficult yet rewarding experience ti meet that challenge head on. And how old were you and your sister then?
    I also want to say, thank you for celebrating our little writing group! We are small but powerful, for sure. I feel so very fortunate ti have you and B as friends and writing partners- in person.


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