Rewrites. The bane of writers everywhere. For my own part (the only part I really know), I hate rewrites most of them. I get very attached to my first drafts, and I hate the thought of making drastic changes. So it takes me a long time to work up the nerves to tackle rewrites.
The story I’m rewriting at the moment, I finished almost two years ago and went through a round of edits. And then had it slammed in my writer’s group. It was frustrating, this story that I spilled blood over. It was the first time I killed a character that I really cared about, and it shook me that it wasn’t liked. I fooled myself into thinking I could write a perfect story, the kind that don’t require rewrites. But I’m almost certain that story doesn’t exist.
I’m trying to change my opinion of rewrites. Sure, I’m doing a full rewrite of this story. But because I think I have a better idea of the voice and the pacing. Of what parts of the first draft really worked, and which parts hurt it. I’ve rewritten the first big scene and did a rough outline of Sophie’s story. Hopefully this time around, all it will need is some polish in the end.
So yeah, that was the whole point of the post. That I hate rewrites, but I’m doing them.