So you’re reading through your narrative or possibly first novel, you think to yourself…
Wow… this is amazing! I-I wrote this? Yes, yes I did. No kidding, I am a smart cookie. Nice touch *wink*. Ok… Not bad on the dialogue. The descriptions are stupendous! Fantastic!
And next thing you know, this happens…
Woah! Where did that come from? Umm, I think that’s a little unnecessary… ugh *bangs head against keyboard* Who wrote this? It sounds horrible! This sounds like a kindergartener. What happened to my writing fairy?! Hello? Earth to conscience? Are you there?? What happened to landing the most awesome plot scene ever?
Haha yes… Writing requires rewriting on most occasions. It can be frustrating. When you’re writing in the moment, you feel like a hero rising out of his/her cocoon ready to conquer the fierce antagonist but then when you actually go back and read what you wrote… it actually sounds much different. 😐
Sometimes, the first draft sounds like you walked through a garage sale where one plot might be hanging off a clothes hanger in one corner while your character sits on an overturned chair in the other corner. There might be some random dialogue strewn like streamers across the lawn. Or you might even find the story gone because a dancing side character stole it.
Rewriting takes clever planning and organization. If you’re using a computer or writing on paper, it is always helpful to work on your story in drafts. When I wrote Chosen To Race, I always had my current working draft on one screen and my “Intakes and Outtakes” document on another. And when it came to clearing away those random garage sale scenes, I asked myself these questions,
- Is this scene, plot twist, character, or setting necessary?
- Will this build my previously established story, characters, scene, setting, etc?
- Is it interesting?
You can do a lot with these questions. You can catch yourself from walking off the wrong cliffhanger or maybe even stop that dancing side character before he/she even waltzes into your book.
Keeping your book true to your characters and original plot should be the main goal. So when you write, write a ton. And then go back and rewrite. You may find that you forgot to add an important detail. 🙂