CHAPTER 17Storing Your Work to Re-visit Later

I firmly believe that storing your work is so important that it needs its own chapter.

“Write well. Edit often.”

— Susan Stratham

Bank Like Berlin: Save and Re-Visit Your Work

In 1918, Irving Berlin was writing songs for a military revue. When his assistant told him to cut a song, Berlin chose “God Bless America” because he was not satisfied with the lyrics. So, he stored the song in a trunk. Twenty years later, Irving Berlin changed just a few words:

Original lyric: “Stand beside her and guide her to the right with a light from above.”

New lyric: “Stand beside her and guide her through the night with a light from above.”

On November 11, 1938, Kate Smith sang “God Bless America” on her annual Armistice ...

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