An Answer

Thanks to Barbara Jane Reyes for answering my question from this post: “Is It Ready?”

Exhaust yourself with writing the manuscript. Don’t just try to reach the magic number of 48 pages. Put the manuscript down, and then come back to it with a fresh mind. Read its opening and closing poems (or sections), read the manuscript for its movement between these two, and think about whether that read feels complete, whether the flow makes sense for what you are trying to communicate, for how you communicate, whether it’s personalized. That is, how could this book be written only by you?

A reassuring response for a writer who doesn’t know what she’s doing, feeling her way through the dark for this book.


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