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Constantly revising

Constantly revising published on

I can’t help myself: I tweak and tweak. I’m a little worried about it. Is the blog post you read anything like the blog post I wrote? That’s a problem with which I am well familiar, and I am willing to live with it. But how about the blog post I wrote: is that one anything like the one I wrote? That’s what’s got me nervous.

In my experience, under the pressure of revision, writing tends to set and harden, like plaster. Eventually there isn’t much more you can do with it without breaking it into pieces. (Maybe you can then make something of the salvage job; maybe not.) We’ll see if that happens here, if these posts eventually settle. If they do, maybe you and I have a chance.