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Mesg #91390 "RE: Self-confidence and writing"
Author Weird Jim     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Sun Aug-19-12 02:27 PM
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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.

My first writing teacher said that he had a novel accepted by a publisher, but they wanted a few revisions. He said he decided that what they wanted was the whole thing re-written. He did this and tossed the original. They sent the re-written version back and said he'd ruined it. After this, he had a reasonable career as a writer of short stories and one non-fiction book, but he never wrote another novel.

I see one problem as the variety of different advice books with different appoaches to polishing a novel. There's also the different things a novel may need. Does it need a re-write, a revison, or a heavy edit. All similar but different things things that can lead an author into confusion.

Weird Jim

"Good reading is the only test of good writing"
Robertson Davies. A voice from the attic 1960

  

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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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