Hey! So with portfolio time coming up, I have to ask about revisions. Everyone’s got some way they prefer to revise, whether it is all semester or a frantic night before. For some unfortunate reason, I’m most productive between 2 and 4 in the morning, and that’s usually when I revise when not under a time crunch. Otherwise, I spend a few days revising while ignoring other work. I usually look at all my workshop comments and letters before uploading the document on my computer, then spread them around me in a circle so I can pick at them when I need specifics on certain points. I’ve taken to having the original in a window next to the new version, so I can see what has and hasn’t changed. I’m sure everyone does this, but until recently I just copied the original into a fresh document and went from there.
What about you guys?
Also, here is two revision exercises I’ve got over the year:
Print out a copy of your poem and literally cut it apart. Take out anything that isn’t working, rearrange, go nuts.
Cut your poem in half, and make it into two different poems- write a new end for the beginning, a new beginning for the end.