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Hi all,

I was wondering if you could give me a little idea of what your rewrite of your 1st draft is like.

I am in my 1st draft and becoming paralyzed by the thought of having to rewrite it and if what I am writing is going to have a significant part to the story, or is it too much back story, should i be spending more time on something more pertinent, should I go in chronological order or just write the scenes as they come up and string them together later, but scared there won't be coherency.

Ahhhh, I'm in a bit over my head I fear. "What ifs" are flying left and right, and try as I might, I think they are getting the best of me.

Any thoughts of how to deal with this predicament. This is not writers block, in fact I feel it is the opposite. I have too much to write or maybe not.

Any words of encouragement at the very least?
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I haven't gotten to rewriting or editing the first draft of my baby yet, but seriously, do it the NaNoWriMo way for now. Just launch in, write what comes to mind, and kick your inner editor in the shins. He's a bastard for barging in before he's needed anyhow. Smile

Remember, no matter what your potential problems are, you can always fix them later. Writing is definitely one of the most forgiving art forms that way. It's not like you're carving into stone, where if you knock something off it's gone for good. You can move entire events around if you need to later. But that's when you do it--later.
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Um, write bits of it on index cards, throw them in the air & try to catch one in your teeth...

Just kidding, I got nothing- but keep going & you'll be doing better than me! Wink

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I'd have to say that I recommend that you finish a first draft before worrying about the rewrite. Make notes along the way about things you may want to change, but make the note and move the story forward with new material. It's much, much easier to rewrite a story when you know exactly where and how it's going to end.

Also, finish the first draft, then let it rest for a while. A week or a month. Forget about it, then you can go back to it. If I didn't have deadlines I'm always behind on, I'd definitely let my stuff sit for a month before I started a rewrite. Reading my stuff right after I've written it literally nauseates me.

Finish. Rest. Rewrite. Repeat Smile


Right after finishing a book is the perfect time to write stories, poems, screenplays, essays, etc. All the stuff you thought up while you were working on your book that didn't fit in your book needs a place to go. You're into the rhythm of writing, go with it, have some fun. Use what you just learned by writing a whole book.

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zendao42 wrote:
Um, write bits of it on index cards, throw them in the air & try to catch one in your teeth...

Just kidding, I got nothing- but keep going & you'll be doing better than me! Wink

Index cards are what I used to put together term papers in college.
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Listen to the AG, he def knows what he's talking about. Wink Only things I might add are: since it's your first, after you get things cleaned up and presentable, find a writers workshop online where you can get some feedback. You'll likely have to cull though the kooks and whackos to find the ones who really know what they're talking about, but you'll def learn. I learned as much by critting other's material as I did from the crits on my own stuff.
Also: I usually make notes on a notepad as I go of things I want to look at more closely after I'm done.

But do finish first. Having to rewrite a completed rough draft is a good problem to have. Wink
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