Saturday, February 18, 2012

Changes and Rewriting

Although this is not today's scheduled topic, I thought I'd bring it up since I haven't posted something for a while.

Rewriting is, in my opinion, one of the hardest things to get over as a writer. After the seventieth time you are rewriting your story, things look pretty bleak. How could you, cruel world? It's just a story!

But let me tell you, if you truly love your story, you're going to suffer for it. That's how you find the good stories. The bad ones you'll find you're not willing to go through that kind of mental turmoil for and drop the subject. It's better that you use your time to find that one story that makes your heart a-flutter.

And yes, I do mean you have to fall in love with your story.

Another Quick Point: If you aren't absolutely in love, 100% in excited about the topic, or obsessed with the outcome, you are not going to last very long in that story. Follow your heart.

“Books aren't written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”--Michael Crichton

That quote illustrates my point exactly. It is one of the greatest obstacles to overcome; to accept the point that you will be doing more rewriting than writing. 

Don't be afraid to cut words. They are only the stating point, waypoint on your way to the end. You can always write more. They have nothing against being cut, it means they have done their job. 

I wish you all a happy February, a wonderful Saturday, and keep writing!

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