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Ensign’s Log, Entry 4: Weekend (Re)Writing — 9 Comments

    • Thanks, Sylvia! I haven’t gotten as much done today as I’d hoped but sometimes life intervenes. Going to work more on Chapter 6 before the end of the day, though, for sure.

  1. Awesome that you’re making progress, keep it up.

    I still have trouble incorporating big picture suggestions from critiques. I’m much better at handling sentence-level input.

    • I love both kinds of input–sentence-level because it’s hard to see errors when I’ve read the thing over a million times already, and big-picture because it helps me see where things aren’t going the way they should. Of course, if the feedback is very vague, there isn’t much I can do with that. And if it really doesn’t ring true, I don’t follow that direction. Sometimes people have different visions of what the book should be, and in the end, as the writer, you have final say.

      In terms of incorporating big picture suggestions, how I handle them depends on where I am in the editing process and what sort of suggestions they are. “I want to know more about Junebug”, for example, tells me I need to show more of that character, which means going through the entire book and finding places where she can really shine through. It takes a lot more work than tweaking this line or that one, but the end result is totally worth it. I tend to focus on one major change at a time, though, unless several of them are tied together, so I can focus on making that change as good as it can be.

      • I think I shy away from big picture suggestions because I’m still on a first draft, so if I alter things two much in regards to plot and characterization, then who knows what I’ll end up with.

        Changing an unclear sentence, though? That can be done without needing to worry about any plans I have for the final arc. We’ll see how it goes once I’m working on a second draft :).

        • That’s a good point! And part of the reason why I always edit through my work at least once before I let other people near it–I don’t want big picture suggestions until I have a good idea of where my story is going and what I want it to say.

  2. Sounds painfully familiar. The rewrites can be painfully difficult. Why can’t our books just shine after the first draft?!?!?!?!

    No wonder Brandon Sanderson took seven books before he developed the patience to revise.

    • If only first drafts did shine… Would save a lot of writers a lot of time and effort. Then again, if wishes were horses/fishes/etc…

      I’m very grateful that I have the patience to revise–I never would have survived writing and editing Augment in the space of six months otherwise! But it can still be painful at times. Especially when you’ve got to kill your darlings.