Gerunds

I hate them! I am going through my novel and highlighting all of them. Of course, not all are bad all of the time, but I think they are a good indicator of where a sentence can be improved. Ing, with, still, again, had been, began to, was, etc. Lots of words that can be …

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Rewriting someone else

In 1Q84, a writer is rewriting the novel of a dyslexic teen who dictated the entire thing to a friend. He finds passion in rewriting it, because the story is very appealing to him and he wants to improve the writing to bring out the nugget of goodness within it. I wonder if I could …

Rewriting

That thing I was talking about that had gripped me? Yeah, well, it let go... I'm really terrible at staying focused... Now I've decided to try something new that I've never done in my life... rewriting! I'm going to go back over one of my unfinished novels, clean it up, and see if I can …

So it begins

I have removed someone from existence and brought another into being with the flourish of my...fingers (pen would be more dramatic, but never use one). Maybe rewriting isn't so hard after all? One can hope... It's not like I'm digging for some long forgotten words or ancient melodies... I'm not working in a void, most of …

Time is water pouring through a seive

Blink and you're thirty. Blink again and you're dead. I'm listening to the ticking of the hands on a clock working overtime and thinking. "I'm never going to get all of the things I want to do, done." If I let things sit unfinished, they will never be finished. I can't afford to let projects languish …

Be sure to rewrite, pantsers

As you may know, I am a pantser. I make most of the story up on the fly, especially the details. Anyone who writes this way though, should know that they will have to go back and fix a lot of things in their early writing, because you changed something or invented something halfway through …