I attended the DeKalb Area Creative Writers’ workshop this past Saturday to discuss Rewriting and Revising.

It was strongly suggested that we not use the word “revision” when going over our work. The prefix “re” means “back” or “again”. “Vision” means “to see”.  Literally, “to see again”. How does that help?
You’re not looking to re-see it. You’re wanting to change it for the better.

Instead, we should re-envision our work.
“Envision” means “imagine as a future possibility”.
Yes, redo that.

You wrote a story, poem, essay, etc. Great! Now, let’s look at it again…does it say what it’s supposed to say? Does it go where it’s supposed to go? Does it take the reader where they’re supposed to be? Can you see the story being better?
Can you imagine a future possibility, again?

Yes, it’s semantics. And a made up word.
But it speaks to me.
Thanks to the DACW, my revision has been rejuvenated by re-envisioning.
And that’s a great thing.


About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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