Before and After (The magic of editing)

So... I have been working on my book for a while and that involved taking down some posts from this blog and editing them. Just in case you did not know, I took down over 30 posts from this blog in October last year. If you notice, whenever you click on any of my poems link in the poem tab, you will realized that they are all missing. In fact, that is the answer to the giveaway question I asked in my welcome back post, which no one got till today.

So, as I was saying, apart from the new entries for the book, which have been featuring in the entry game, I brushed up old ones and made them book-worthy. In the process of brushing them up, I realized that I had actually been putting up utter rubbish. In fact, while editing, I felt really bad for my blog readers. I was like ‘Why were they praising my writing? What the hell was I thinking putting such unprofessional works on blog?’ so I now officially apologise to you guys for putting up a shoddy job of some of my poetry and prose.

In case, you are not convinced, check out the poem below and let it speak for itself. It is a poem that was on this blog for a very long time. It is titled Already Taken



Need I say more? That, my readers, is the difference between a shoddy work and a well edited work. In case, you did not know or might have forgotten, I am not only a writer, but an editor (Terms and Conditions are here). Apart from editing fiction and other articles, I also edit poems, without allowing it lose its context, getting rid of unnecessary padding and clots in the process. This is a very sensitive process. I for one would rather edit fictions and regular articles, but if I have to edit poems, I won’t reject the offer. After all, I have to put food on my table.

So let me know... what do you think?

P.S: Thanks to all my new followers. I hope you like the blog. Thanks for dropping by

64 comments

  1. Difference is clear............. heheheheheheheheh. happy new year

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  2. Lol difference is definitely clear. All the best with the book. I hope to write one someday...one of the things I hope to accomplish in my life time. :)

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    1. Aww thanks for dropping by. I pray you get down to doing it very soon.

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  3. kai who would have thought ehn...the 'after' is way better.Good luck with your book :)

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  4. The magic of editing!! waoooo... Kudos.

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  5. 'After' is so much better. Good job.

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  6. The after does justice to the poem...nice

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  7. The difference is 7up, the same way you cleared the cliches. Really good.

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  8. On its own, the Before isn't that bad, but put alongside the After, there is really a clear cut difference. It just shows that you are becoming better at what you do.

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    1. The more we do something, the better we get at it. Thanks

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  9. i like both but the 'after' is definitely more professional

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    1. Yeah, I think its the professionalism that makes the difference cos they carry the same message

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  10. The after put alongside the before is better.

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  11. I'm sure if you let the "after" rest for a few months and go over again, you'll come up with even better. That's the magic if editing. Well done. waiting for your book

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    1. You have a point o. But that wont be happening sha. Cant let 'overskill' come and delay me, lol.

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  12. It's no secret that the difference is clear.Nice one @ilola.

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    1. Thanks so much. I really appreciate your comment

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  13. good work..! :)

    but how u expect make we notice say na 30 post don disappear from this blog..lol..lol..that was a hard one..

    P.S I left you a comment on the soulsistas blog..in case you havent seen it.

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    1. Lool. Thanks. Yea, it was a hrad one

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  14. In response to: "Why were they praising my writing? What the hell was I thinking putting such unprofessional works on blog?"

    If we had meticulously nit-picked and criticized your grammer, stanzas, rhyming etc you probably would never have come this far in your blogging career. Besides for me, it's more of the idea & creativity in passing the message across that matters not necessarily the words 'cos afterall, it's just a blog.

    While the latter appears more grandiloquent (or professional as you call it), I prefer the former as the tone is not adversely formal and uptight. Sincerely speaking, I can still pick holes in the new one...but that's not the point.

    Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of continuous improvement which you have displayed; but I'm a bigger fan of "creativity in simplicity" which is why I visit your blog often. If it becomes so formal, I think I have more than enough (formal) office paperwork to read already....

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    1. Lool, BB has come again o, Thanks for your honesty. Abi wetin I go talk again.

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  15. Lol... I like both of 'em. The former is "everyday" for me, and somehow I like everyday...the latter is way professional...I mean there is noo better way to justice your being a professional writer and editor. Way to go girl!

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    1. Yea, we all have our preferences. Yes, I have to be professional at times, lol

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  16. Yay the difference is clear :)
    Nice one

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  17. The edited version is better, but that's why editing is so important. I don't think you should be so hard on yourself though. The standard for publishing on your blog, I think, is not as high as publishing a book. Plus, I bet you put the poems through another round of editing you'll make even more changes.

    ... And I did not notice the 30 posts that had disappeared o.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. You are right, but wouldnt wanna overdo the editing

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  18. Far far far beta*yoruba accent* You just inspired me in the editing line. I really love the aftermath, richer and well packed. By the way, nice meeting you the other day at Loudthotz ;-)

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    1. Lool, thanks. I hope ypu allow me to edit your work sometime soon.
      It was really nice meeting you too. Would love to hear about your works in more readings

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  19. yea, you did a good job at editing but keeping the context intact.. nice.
    www.misslarawrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, and thanks for dropping by

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  20. Good professional job, you seem to be good at what you. Just keep at it and doors will certainly open.

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  21. Come and collect your bottle of 7up joo. Wish i had thought to pass on my dissertation to you. While i prefer the edited work, i love more the simplicity of the message. Serious prose is off putting for me shaa. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks. So its only 7up you will gimme for my hard work? What if I dont like 7up?

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  22. I liked both..... I guess the after is explicit with interesting grammar and use of words....

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  23. Really good job, the second one definately makes it more interesting. I stumbled across a few drafts i had that i somehow forgot to post and was mortified by how horrible it was, moreso because at the time i wrote them i thought they were amazing. Editing really works magic. Goodluck with your book

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  24. The editing totally makes sense. Good job.

    Tamsdiary-live life.blogspot.com

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  25. I like both
    The first version is more 'urgent', 'raw' and full of passion
    The second is more polished but lack the urgency of the first.....

    with the first version, I feel the writer would have liked to have a relationship with the person
    With the second version, I feel the writer couldn't be bothered.
    Hope I make sense
    xxx

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    1. Really? This is another way to look at it. I have to read it again, so I can see what you saw. Thanks

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  26. Each version has a beauty of its own, but the second version does polish up better.

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  27. the first one has an innocent tone to it... the second sounds like someone who is a little more emotionally mature.

    Sorry for always going MIA will be back fulltime on blogsville soon.
    all d best on ur book

    xx

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    1. Lool. No probs. Will be expecting you soon

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  28. Talk of a total metamorphosis! Girl, i duff my hat for you. You are GOOD! *no flattery*

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  29. Your version is good but i have to say that some of the lines can be improved. And the meaning of some lines were a bit different from the original. Well not unless you wanted it that way.

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