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Mesg #91423 "RE: Self-confidence and writing"
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Date Sun Aug-26-12 12:24 PM
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Sun Aug-26-12 12:25 PMby crimson_angel

Yep, I've been there. I have a novel that I've been tinkering with --on and off -- for 6 years. Every time I had someone critique it, I became convinced that it was crap and needed to be rewritten. Four times. After the last rewrite, a few writer friends suggested I set it aside for a year and get much-needed distance from it.

I can already tell you, without having looked at it since last December, that it's not crap. Granted, ther are still problems, but nothing that requires another total rewrite. I got caught up in a rewriting loop partially b/c I didn't belief in myself as a writer. I thought everyone else knew better. Don't get me wrong -- the crits were all very helpful, but I needed to stop rewriting.

It also helped that I wrote -- and revised -- the novel I just released. Revising that one was difficult, but nowhere near as difficult as the other one. Mainly b/c I had a deadline and *had* to have a polished draft ready by such-and-such date. It kept me from going back and endlssly rewriting everything, and with the help of my awesome editor, I was able to look at it objectively. And I didn't rewrite it, either (well, except for one part b/c of a logic error).

Now that I know I can do a good revision, I'm not as worried about the process. I can certainly do it again.

Oh, and I keep all my drafts - first to number whatever, just in case.

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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
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