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I can start over, can’t I? Rewrite or Revise?

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So the feedback I received on my story is in line with my own thoughts and I either need to do a major revision or just start over.
It has been more difficult for me to decide this than it was to write the first draft! I’ve put a lot into this book but I want it to be something you want to read.
Can I start over? Of course. I can also give up and not publish. Will I give up? Not likely.
Will I start over, though?  That is a great question.  I have to weigh how much time I’ve spent vs how much more time I’d have to spend to either revise or rewrite.
The benefit of rewriting is I can address all of my feedback, in order, ensuring that everything is addressed properly.
A revision would tend to end up being a bit clumsy I think. I would need to go in and make edits to the content and storylines and potentially introduce more discrepancies.
So… instead of deciding if I should revise or rewrite, I’m writing a blog post. /sigh
The other challenge I’ve had could be solved with a rewrite. Humor. I love it and want more of it in my story but who would buy an apocalyptic comedy? This guy.

3 Comments

  • LeAnn Skeen says:

    Congratulations on your success as a writer. You are on perfect course. Is your editor putting his or her grind to the nose stone with you? You need to sweat blood along with your editor on this project. At least that’s my vision of such a collaboration. Move forward with this project. No wimping out.

    • Chad says:

      Actually, my editor gave me a bunch of feedback and left me to it. Haven’t heard from her since.

      • LeAnn Skeen says:

        I don’t know if there’s a standard way for editors and writers to work on a project, but I hope I’ll be the kind of editor who cares as much about the project as the writer. I’ve observed how Jon works with his editor. It’s a constant back and forth. My last day of college is a week from Thursday. Around that time send me your latest draft. With editor’s notes. If you want to, of course. Maybe we can hammer something out on Google docs. At least we can give it a try and see if it works. Also,there’s a student at school who’s going to work in publishing. She’s only a sophomore, but she’s good. I don’t even know if she would be interested, or have time, but let me know if you want me to ask her if she would be interested in working with you.

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