HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRUSHEDIRIS !!! :]
I work for a local magazine. It is a labor of love but it has grown tremendously since it’s small beginnings.
As an editor I go through a lot of submissions. I won’t say I’m an expert at it, I’ve only been doing it a few years but I can offer some advice.
Be VERY careful of cliche. If you use it, use it with purpose! If you don’t use it wisely, that just tells me you aren’t willing to work on your piece hard enough. With editing it could be better. Without it that makes me turn away from publishing your piece.
So how to avoid cliche? Typically, it isn’t hard, at least the most obvious stuff. There are certain phrases out there that everyone says, don’t use them! Then there is tone, this is especially true with poetry. Tone is the hardest to overcome. Some of us have an idea of what a poem should sound like; profound, wise, whimsical, existential etc… BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE. In fact, it shouldn’t! It should evoke an emotion but from the content. It is important to focus on what the poem is trying to tell your audience. If I can’t understand what you mean, then how am I supposed to know if it’s any good? Why would I publish something I couldn’t understand?
As an editor of poetry, I will reread poems two maybe three times. But if it’s riddled with cliche or without any regard to content, I’m going to lose interest. It frustrates me to pass up some poems because they could be good, REAL good. I wish I had the time to edit and send back critique and help draft of each submitter’s work. I’m sure other editors wish they could too. However, the reality is there are other writers who do take the time to polish their work.
I don’t know how much longer i can do this
Parks and Rec is filling so many voids in my life.
today is my mom’s birthday and my grandma’s gift to my mom was an old, dirty bucket full of random food from my grandma’s kitchen. it included:
- the dirty bucket, of course
- a box of Ritz
- Orange juice
- can of coffee
- broccoli rabe
- bag of grapes
- 2 dozen eggs
- a box of croissants
- a bag of Twizzlers
since i’m talking about my grandma let me bring this back
Will always reblog