Major Revision/Rewrite of Violets & Violins
Status: 71,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 3,000
Did you notice a change?
My work-in-progress has a name.
Violets & Violins made its debut in cyberspace this week. I received a call from Georgia Romance Writers with the good news that V&V is a finalist in The Maggies. My story is one of six inspirational finalists listed on the GRW Web site. The bottoms of my shoes haven't seen much wear the past few days.
If you read my Five on Friday post this week, you know I had a rough year following my Golden Heart finals during which I battled doubt, discouragement and a few of their cousins. This final goes a long way in restoring my confidence.
I'm excited about writing again, and I think that's coming through in my work. I like to think the rewrite is taking a good story to a new level.
I've read many blog posts advising new writers not to rewrite. Instead, we're encouraged to begin a new story. I can see why. Rewriting takes courage. We have to admit that our stories need work and be willing to make the necessary changes.
The new beginning I added to the story forced me to rewrite the first 50,000 words of V&V. There was little of the previous version I could use. However, I knew my characters and felt they were strong enough to carry the story. However, the plot was weak and the conflict not big enough to sustain the story. I attacked those problems head on.
Since I'd written five books (six if you count the one I shelved) and have been steadily improving my craft, I chose to return to what was originally called Playing on Heartstrings. I think, in my case, this was a good decision. I'm having fun and am happy with my story. That's every bit as important as any contest finals in my book.
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What do you think of the advice given new writers that it's better to move on and start a new story than to revise/rewrite an old one?
Have you rewritten a story? If so, do you think it's harder or easier than creating a first draft?
When do you think it's time to set a story aside and move on to something new?