Many of us who write have also found a group of like-minded people willing to listen to our stories, memoirs, and poems and share their knowledge in improving those pieces. I have a binder dedicated to the meetings full of story pieces and notes.
I have learned something about the revision process. It’s best done warm, right after the reading or at least within a few days . This is also true of self-edits. Have you ever gone back into editing notes and wondered what you were thinking when you wrote the note down? I have returned to edit a story a few weeks after the initial writer’s group meeting and realized that I was missing some of the discussion.
I now try to put in all of the changes right away, either when I get home that night or the following day. The same is true of self-edits. By making notes and then immediately going to the computer to type them in or turning to my notebook to write the needed scenes, I remember more easily what I want for the scene.
That’s my advice for the day…or perhaps the advice should be…take very detailed notes when editing.