"When you write a story, you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story." - Stephen King, On Writing
In the land of rewrites, I decided that I was going to chuck my original outline and reoutline. Is that a word? Well, it is now. I have the book written. Complete. But not finished. It's not working. The rewrites aren't work. The main story rocks. The bits around it? Wobbly bits. I've been trudging along and now I've realized that I need to tell myself the story again. Just to be sure I've got it right.
How much do we love post-its? Tomorrow's agenda will be to write a short summary for each chapter on a post-it. Toss the post-its that aren't necessary. Then start a new outline. We'll see how that works for me. Maybe it won't. I'll let you know if it ends up being some brilliant new way of rewriting so you all can get in on it.
Have you ever tossed a good bit of your book and started over or around or through it? I'll probably end up saving half of it in a document on the desktop never to be seen by anyone's eyes again but me. That's okay. I'll be getting rid of the parts that are not the story.
I need to get my behind in gear because November is fast approaching. November means NaNoWriMo. NaNo means brand spanking idea!
Bits of Randomness:
Are you doing NaNo? If you are, add me as a writing buddy (Jennie Bailey). Let's do this together!
Meredith is having her FIRST contest ever - and it's a GREAT one. Even though I really want to win the copy of HALO by Alexandra Adornetto, I'm letting you in on the contest because I love you all too much not to. And maybe you'll send it to me when you're done reading it! Enter here. Also, you need to be following her blog, if you aren't already. Fairy Tales and Cappuccino - I just heart that name!!
KILLER CHICKS is having one KILLER contest - 3 separate contests with prizes totaling $100! Gift cards galore. If you haven't checked out their blog, you're really missing out. Hop on over there and enter the contest while you're at it!
Are you having a contest? Let me know and I'll add you to my SIDEBAR!
Cuteness of the day: As I was leaving a kinder classroom after teaching Dog Bite Prevention, a little girl said to me in a very tiny voice, "Ms. Jennifer, my heart is breaking. I'm going to miss you and Cooper so much!"
It's okay, you can melt. I did.
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