Courtney LeBlanc's Top Editing Tip

Featured Artist Courtney LeBlanc does a lot of work in editing. We asked her to share one of her top tips on a common problem, and how to avoid it. It's a pocket sized nugget of gold for those of us out there polishing up our chapbooks!

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"In the book The Triggering Town by Richard Hugo he states that poets write the same poem over and over again. I find this to be true in my own writing; I'll go through phases where every poem I write is on the same topic. This is okay, the key is to ensure you're using different and unique language. I find that many poets, myself included, will have a few words that repeatedly pop up in their poems. Some of my words are: mouth, skin, touch. So when I'm editing someone's manuscript I look for repeating words and then suggest variations or different words they could use to ensure the language is fresh and the reader doesn't get bored with the writing."