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Monday, 18 July 2011

The Shock of Being New

Try not to faff about when it comes to revisions and rewrites. I know this sounds harsh (but I wield a red pencil and I'm not afraid to use it)

"But it's not quite how I envisioned it! Gimme more time!"

You've had your time. In fact, the problem is of too much time in some cases. Try being on death ground and facing a tight deadline. All the faffing about evaporates when faced with $$$.

But ever consider why your revisions are not working? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result each time. For example, your last published story was character- based so you may also approach your newest story based on character. But your writing muscle gets bored easily - the plot dynamics start taking over and you're left wondering how to make your characters fit.

You are a new person every time you write a new story. Perhaps, that sounds insane but consider that it is inevitable with the passage of time. You've had other experiences between stories, perhaps nothing has trickled down from your previous stories or your literary interests have changed.

Writers hate change (I know this very well because I'm also a freelance fiction editor) but sometimes you can't make changes without knowing what is the nature of your change.

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