Thursday, November 8, 2012

True Writing is Rewriting

I've found out some good articles on internet about rewriting--novel in particular. I already shared some good points in my timeline with hashtag #rewrite. And here they are:


  1. Read. Your Shit. Aloud!!!
  2. Shift perspective. From writer to reader.
  3. Don't know where to start? Calm down. You're not ready. Comeback another time.
  4. Be hungry to fuck up your own work in the name of good storytelling.
  5. This isn’t time for intuition. Have notes. Put a plan in place. Surgical strike. Never drown in darkness.
  6. Get someone to read your nonsense. Get notes. Attend to those notes. Third parties will see things you do not.
  7. Mark the revision, save a new file. If you have 152 files by the end of it, you’ll be happy if you need to go back.
  8. Writing is creative. Rewriting is clinical and strategic.
  9. Rewriting is hard. Creative comes from “create,” and often, revision is about destruction. In other words: harden the fuck up!! :))
  10. Clarity and confidence are king in writing, and the revision process is when you highlight this.
  11. Write with strength. Write to be understood. It doesn’t mean “no metaphors"--the metaphors whose beauty exists in their simplicity.
  12. "There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting." ~ Harry Shaw
  13. "Books are not written--they're rewritten." ~ Micheal Crichton.
  14. "Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear." ~ Patricia Fuller
  15. The revision process as something akin to a trip to the dentist, necessary but excruciating, and best done at light speed.
  16. Only the gifted whose first draft looks awesome without revision.
  17. Everything you write is fluid. It can be changed, shaped, and reshaped.
  18. The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. ~Richard Cormier
  19. For a few writers, objective reading and serious practice, over time, are enough to teach them what they need to know.
  20. Some writers do writing and rewriting at the same time. Not kinda "I write, leave, then comeback later to revise"--oh, well, c'est moi!
  21. You can either revise as you write or revise until you have the whole thing in rough form. Only you know what works best for you.
  22. So revise whenever you like--and take your time about it. Novel-writing is not something that should be hurried.
  23. "Those unwilling to revise and rewrite are skipping a major step toward becoming better writers." ~ Harry Shaw :')
  24. You need patience. You need an artist's eye. You need objectivity. True writing is rewriting.
  25. At last, rewriting takes time and it doesn't matter how or when you do it.


For above insights I thank to this article http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/06/27/25-things-you-should-know-about-revising-and-rewriting/ and http://fmwriters.com/Visionback/Issue9/true.htm

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