Poets and writers share their notes on writing in this series of micro craft essays. In the latest installment: assigning clear and objective tasks during the revision process.
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It took a long time to write these words. I'm not referring to the psychosomatic affliction known as writer's block. I mean the delays caused by the process of composition and revision.