Any experienced writer will tell you that rewriting can be a tortuous process. When you sit down to rewrite, you’re committing yourself to starting over on a project that took you weeks, months, or even years to complete in the first place. You’ve poured your heart and soul into it, and now you have to tear it apart. But if you do it right, your next draft will be better than you ever could have hoped. In order for that to happen though, you need to tackle your rewrite objectively.
There are a few tips you can use to help yourself look at your book in a more objective away. The first is to give yourself a break from the project. Sitting down to rewrite immediately after finishing a first or second draft won’t give you enough distance to give yourself the cold, clinical eye you need when rewriting. Take a few weeks to work on something else and come back to it with fresh eyes. During those weeks, you could give a few trusted individuals the manuscript and tell them to be brutally honest with their feedback. If you’re going to do this, you have to know that you won’t take the criticism personally. There’s no room to be precious about your work when you’re asking for honest feedback. Finally, when you sit down to begin your rewrite, you have to tell yourself that nothing is sacred. Everything is subject to change in service of telling your story in the best way possible. If you can make it past these hurdles, your rewrite should be an immeasurable improvement over your previous draft.
Read the full article here: The Perils of Rewriting
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