Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rewriting Phase 1

Where is my novel? It's stuck inside of my laptop, waiting for me to open it up.  Why haven't I started to rewrite? Well, I'm not exactly sure. I guess you could say I'm scared. My first novel is sitting on a shelf inside of a closet. I gave myself permission to shelve it quite a long time ago, in anticipation for its rewrite.  I am scared to read what I spent 16 days pouring out of me.  I am scared that once I do finally sit down and look at it, I will be either be pleasantly surprised, or really disappointed.

Therefore, I call this blog Rewriting Phase 1... I wish there was someone to hold my hand during this process. Self-soothing has never been a strong point of mine. However, I know I must go at this alone-- or not so much alone, since my characters will be happy to have my attention again.  

Phase 1 supplies
A notebook
Favorite pen

Phase 1 tasks
Reread each chapter
Mark up entire pages
Write notes in notebook

Wish me luck. 


Lo said...

Good Luck! It's not as bad as you think, once you get going :-)

I just read a really great blog post about this yesterday...with some handy tips and links on how to approach revision/re-writes. It made me feel a lot better, since Im in the middle of massive re-writes right now! You can find it at

Tracy said...

Ahhh, approach it head-on...I just wrote an entry about challenges! Go for it!

Kristy Philbrick said...

@Lo Thank you, I'll go check that out now!

@tracy, I'll have to check it out :)

Amie Kaufman said...

Hey, thanks for the link, Lo!

Good luck with the revisions, Kristy! I'm starting at the same time as you--it's good to have company in attacking these things. Only way to learn is do it! (There, did that sound un-scared?)

Tessa Conte said...

Good luck!

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