Major Revision/Rewrite of Inspirational Historical #3
Status: 42,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 7,000
I've reached the point where I'm able to begin using some of the material from my earlier rewrite of this story. I'd hoped I might find scenes or even entire chapters I could just drop in.
Alas, that is not the case.
I performed the first rewrite of this story 18 months ago, before I'd crawled out of my cave, met other writers, joined writing groups and attended conferences. I'd read a handful of books on craft, but I had so much to learn. (And am still learning.)
I'm having to cut much of what I'd written before and just use the ideas. When I can salvage a line, I have to rewrite it.
Back then, I didn't have a very good idea of what was meant by showing versus telling. There was little in the way of sensory detail, so I'm adding that. And I have to be careful to remove those portions that no longer jive with the new beginning and much-improved goals and motivations.
I've heard it's easier to write a book than to rewrite one, and I've come to understand why. However, I love the characters in this book. With the new beginning my hubby helped me devise, the story is far better than it was.
And I like revising and editing almost as much as writing a first draft, so I'm having lots of fun.
Have you ever rewritten a book from start to finish or added a totally new beginning that forced you to make major changes throughout the story? If so, how did you go about the task?
What do you think of the counsel often given newer writers to start a new story rather than rewriting a previous one?