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Date Sun Aug-19-12 12:22 PM
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Sun Aug-19-12 12:23 PMby Wandering Author

Your story certainly illustrates two lessons that I've learned, both hugely important, at least to me.

First, unless you are sure your revisions are an improvement, keep a copy of the original draft. There is nothing worse than figuring out you've ruined a perfectly good story after you overwrote it with the ruined version.

Second, the moment you find yourself in a state where you're starting to question your judgement, stop revising. Do not go back to pick up the revision until your head has cleared, whatever and however long that takes. That mental state is a huge red flag indicating danger, as I've learned through painful experience. (When you haven't saved the first draft, the experience is downright agonising, and even when you have, discovering you've just wasted weeks or even months producing a draft that is a thousand times worse then the original is not a pleasant moment.)

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Self-confidence and writing [View all] , apprentice1, Sun Aug-19-12 05:28 AM
  RE: Self-confidence and writing, Wandering Author, Aug 19th 2012 #1
RE: Self-confidence and writing, Weird Jim, Aug 19th 2012, #3
RE: Self-confidence and writing, apprentice1, Aug 20th 2012, #5
RE: Self-confidence and writing, apprentice1, Aug 20th 2012, #4
RE: Self-confidence and writing, Dreamerscove, Aug 19th 2012, #2
RE: Self-confidence and writing, apprentice1, Aug 20th 2012, #6
RE: Self-confidence and writing, mskitty, Aug 22nd 2012, #7
RE: Self-confidence and writing, crimson_angel, Aug 26th 2012, #8
RE: Self-confidence and writing, MarFisk, Sep 02nd 2012, #9

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