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How To Rewrite A Book by Chrys Fey

There is nothing more devastating than realizing the book you slaved over for months or even years needs to be rewritten. I am not talking about editing a book from beginning to end. I am talking about starting all over again with a blank page and completely rewriting it again from the very first word.

You will feel overwhelmed! You will feel impatient! You may want to burst into tears, but you will do it because you can! Yes, it is dreadful, painful, and hard to take apart a book that you’ve already written to rewrite it, but it can be done and in the end you may end up with a gem that you can be proud of.

I had to do this. I had been writing a series for five years when I suddenly felt disconnected from it. How could this happen, I asked myself. How could I possibly lose interest in writing a series that I’ve spent a good part of my life writing?

The answer to that question was the fact that I grew up, matured, and the book didn’t reflect who I was as an adult. There may be other reasons why a writer may all of a sudden feel disconnected from their work. Maybe it’s because of writers block, maybe they are not cut out to be a writer, or maybe a part of their subconscious realized that the story they’ve been working on isn’t so good after all.

Whatever the reason is, when you find yourself in this position and you have a passion to write, do not fret! If the story is no good, well, you may have to toss it. If you love the story idea, then try visualizing new players. If you love your characters then perhaps you have to rethink the storyline. When I rewrote the first book in my series, I only kept a few characters and the supernatural concept behind the story, but I had to search for a drastically different story idea. It took a long time. I got and dismissed many different ideas before I settled on an idea that I loved.

Sitting back and looking at the whole piece before you dive into rewriting it is the best thing to do. Pull up that file, open that notebook and begin to read it with fresh eyes. As you are reading it you can figure out what you have to do (what needs changing, what characters need to be improved, what direction the story needs to take, etc.), and make a list to keep track of all of your ideas. When you do this, it gives you a clear path to take. Then start recreating a different plot with your new ideas. A detailed plot will reveal whether you have a complete, well thought out book or not.

The key is to have an idea in mind of what you want the book to become before you do reconstructive surgery on it. Otherwise, you’ll get overwhelmed and be left with a shredded piece of work that you may never want to fix.

Taking it one step at a time is always best.

Chrys Fey created Write With Fey, a how-to blog about writing a novel. Every Tuesday there is a new post containing tips, inspiration, insight into her series, and much more. http://www.writewithfey.blogspot.com


About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter was born and raised in the Prince George’s County Maryland and has had a very big imagination since a very early age. She has been writing poetry since she was in elementary school around the age of ten. Her love of words has allowed her to express herself in ways in which verbally she can not. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and the author of a collection of poetry, The Art of Love under the Pseudonym Gemini, and a novel titled The Diary: Succession of Lies under the Pseudonym Jaycee Durant. She is looking forward to producing two new online magazines, Write 2 Be, and Write 2 Be*Kids, in 2013 under Write 2 Be Media Co. She is currently working on her third and fourth novels and is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing in your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big.

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