My summer schedule allows for more writing time. I assumed, with all those extra hours, I would make steady progress on my rewrite project. Instead, I experience mind-blowing breakthroughs, while at the same time drag along in the pits of a muddy mess.
Some days I’m smiling as I rework sentences and tighten lagged pacing in my manuscript. Other days I feel stressed about the plot taking on bigger changes than I anticipated. Doubt sets in. Have I altered it too much? Have I not gone far enough? Maybe my original story is fine… maybe it’s not and that’s why I decided to rewrite in the first place.
The events of my rewrite ring in my head like a song: I’m on a roll, yeah, yeah. My story’s better, yeah, yeah. Wait a minute, yeah, yeah. Making changes, yeah, yeah. On a roll again, yeah, yeah. Wait a minute, yeah, yeah. There’s a checklist? Whoa, what?
On one of my doubtful days, when I wasn’t feeling very “on a roll again, yeah, yeah,” I ran across a rewrite checklist for authors: http://writerswrite.co.za/rewriting-a-checklist-for-authors-1/ It was long. It was specific. It was intense. And I felt like I might never finish my story until I returned to school and relearned how to write.
However, I am a teacher myself, which makes me an inspirer of students to persevere. I was not about to give up. So, I printed the checklist and pushed my glasses up the bridge of my nose. I could do this. I can do this. I will do this.
Because I have altered the opening of my story, and changed some of the timing, I am starting from the beginning and pacing myself along. I am pleased with my first two chapters, finally. The good news, these two chapters incorporate several other chapters from my original story. That’s a win for me, always needing to shorten the overall length. I am going to take that positive hoorah and use its energy to continue onto chapter three, using the checklist as my guide. Thank you Amanda Patterson from Writers Write. There are other helpful authors and articles on the Writers Write website: https://writerswrite.co.za/.
Although my hopes are medium-high… I am one hundred percent invested. I feel like I owe it to myself and my characters to see this project through. And overall, I am still smiling through much of the work, which I believe is the point. Writing is a process, and this is just part of the ride. I supposed my little tune that plays in the back of my mind provides the rhythm along the way.
Writing Advice: I need it this time!
How do you approach a rewrite? What are your suggestions for making it an efficient process? You can private message me through my Facebook link below (in the black section at the bottom), or in the comments for this post. I am honestly interested in how other writers handle this kind of writing.
By Celaine Charles, July 7, 2018
Image and Content Links:
http://writerswrite.co.za/rewriting-a-checklist-for-authors-1/ (Amanda Patterson, Writers Write checklist and blog site)Image and Content Links:
https://writerswrite.co.za/ (Writers Write Website)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/475340935640837745/?lp=true (ADD mind picture)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/527695281313718491/?lp=true (Rewrite Checklist from Writers Write)
http://keywordsuggest.org/gallery/137096.html (need help)
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