Friday, March 4, 2011
Rewriting and Revelations
I'm learning that I don't like rewriting. I want the stories to be perfect the first time. Now, editing, that's a different story for me. I can do that. (As a matter of fact, that's what I used to do for a living.) I can move words around, make the story functionally better.
But to rewrite means I have to change the story. Rewriting means I can't just change a few words, I have to recreate new words, paragraphs, and scenes.
There is an upside to rewriting: The story gets better. Even though I don't like doing it, my story is improved from the rework. I had to rewrite the beginning of A Wedding for Ainsley because it just didn't flow right for me. Plus, the motivations were all wrong.
I know I'm going to have to do the same with my underwear story.
A downside to rewriting: You can lose words. I lost 4K in my rewrite. :-( But, I've gained most of it back already.
Amyone enjoy rewriting as much as I do?
Now here's the revelation: My story for Tessa Radley's eharlequin competition was Baby Boon. Thanks to everyone for the comments. Much appreciated.