Two down, two to go

“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”
James Michener

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got is to let manuscripts sit for a month or longer. When you come back to it, you won’t be so married to the words. That was initially hard to pull off for me. It was like someone asking for my help, but instead I shut the door and walked the other way.

That’s why I have four manuscripts in front of me. The sting of abandonment was helped by starting another project. So now I’m on the final approach and hoping for a smooth landing. The two stories I’m currently editing and polishing had been sitting unread for almost four months. They’d already been written and rewritten, critiqued, and edited several times. As I dust them off and read each once again, my eyes and mind are fresh to make more changes. For one it was a shifting of a few scenes, the other strengthening a theme that had not carried through to the end. Both have been put through time consuming edits to get rid of these unwanted words.

In case you are going down this same road or plan to in the future, here are three sites that have been helpful to me.

  2. REVISION – THE BIG PICTURE (From the Mixed up Files of Middle-Grade Authors)
  3. HOW I SELF-EDIT MY NOVELS (From author K.M. Weiland)

“Rewriting is like scrubbing the basement floor with a toothbrush.”
Pete Murphy


I’m being told its time to pick up my brush again and get back to work (or is that the let’s take a walk look?) Either way, have a great weekend!

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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4 Responses to Two down, two to go

  1. I have stepped away from my second novel for a very long time, but it is demanding my attention — I’m thinking about it all the time and starting to dream about it. Guess I best get to it soon. Thanks for the kick in the pants.

  2. love that quote, that’s exactly what it’s like! my biggest problem lately is I feel I can’t settle on anything I like, no matter how much I do rewrite! argh lol

  3. jennienzor says:

    Thanks for the link to Mixed Up’s Big Picture revision. It’s a lot like the shrunken manuscript technique. I will definitely have to try that after I get through my revisions on my current WIP.
    Congrats on finishing 4 manuscripts!

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