Thursday, April 22, 2010

Push Hands

I liked the revision suggestions that Skinner had. I will definitely try a few of them, including the suggestion to revisit the poem in the imagination and make a list of all the sensual images in the scene.

It was also really good to read the part about trying to move the writer's attention away from the anxiety of criticism. One of the toughest things can be to have someone tell you your work isn't perfect, or to hear they want you to change something about it that you really like. Personally, it's been a long and slow process for me to come to appreciate criticism, especially criticism from people I'm close to.

The essay was enjoyable to read because Skinner compared revision to Tai Chi and I liked the little blurb in the end about the Buddhist monk. In time I'll figure out how to deal with revision!

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