Recent posts tagged rewriting


2022


Head Above Water

Barely. (More on writing draft 2 of "Shunga-Satori")

At The One-Third Road Marker

A third of the way through the major rewrite of a new book, and some lessons learned.

Re-Make, Re-Model

Which is more of a challenge -- starting a project from a completely blank page, or restarting an existing one while surrounded by its mocking scraps?

Crash And Burn

"Shunga-Satori", draft 1 -- more like draft zero. Time to take a hatchet to it.

Half Step Dance

Welcome to draft 1.5 (so to speak) of "Shunga-Satori".

Self-Criticism Session

What do you do when you find yourself writing the kind of book you might take issue with if someone else wrote it?

2021


The Arc Of Coming-Together

The "arc of coming-together" for my new book was very much in line with how it's been for me with past projects I thought highly of.

Trust In The Process

A phrase I repeat to myself often, chiefly when mired down in the middle of a draft: "Trust the process."

Roll With It

Your job when writing a story is to listen to what this material is telling you it needs to be, and go there.

Pace Yourself

It took a year to produce a first draft of "Unmortal". It was worth the wait.

The End Of The First Lap Is Always The Toughest

The more you go through the draft process and learn how to detach yourself from any particular incarnation of the material, the easier it gets.

2019


Hammered To Pieces

The most amazing thing about the next draft of 'The Fall Of The Hammer' is how much of it will end up not getting ditched, as I feared might happen.

Yes U-Turn

On not backing up in the middle of a first draft ... and then doing exactly that.

Rewriting Is Writing Is Rewriting

Is rehearsing.

2017


Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On For The Third Time

On kicking off a third draft.

Forward Ever, Backwards Never

Who turns around and starts over in the middle of a first draft? A case study.

Boots On The Ground

Why nothing beats the "in-the-trenches" experience of writing.

The Road Not Taken And All That

How 'Flight Of The Vajra' could have begun altogether differently.

Not For The Lazy!

On resisting a reworking.

You Did That For A Reason, Remember?

On rewriting: "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a REASON!"

The Long And Winding Checklist

On using (and abusing) the rewrite process's "things to do" list.

Map Vs. Territory

On finding my way through the second draft of a story.

Always Outnumbered, Always Overworked

Next up: revisions on my next novel, and rough plans for a future one.

Let's Do It Again Dept.

Rewrite, revise, revisit, rethink.

2015


Fold It In Half Dept.

Still hard at work.


See other rewriting posts for 2015