The Agony and the Ecstasy of Re-Writes

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Rewrites by R.S. Mollison-Read

Rewrites are a part of editing. Logically, I know that, but sometimes my emotions just do not understand in the same way. Once I have lovingly crafted my story, to be told I need to rewrite part of it, even if I know it in my head to be true, my heart does not agree.

Agony:
Rewrites make me feel squirmy; as though I’ve in some way betrayed my story, and am physically hurting part of it by having a do-over. I feel intrinsically tied to my characters and the narrative into which I’ve woven them, and to have to rework a scene, makes me feel as though I’m countermanding their natural inclination. The story has already been created, my characters have come to life; rewriting makes me feel as though I’m erasing a physical aspect of those characters and their stories.

Ecstasy:
Each time I rewrite a scene, or a chapter, it gives me new opportunity to create something new, and this is always a wonderful feeling; a natural high at seeing something that previously existed only in my head, come to life on the screen before me. Knowing that I am improving on a story I already love can also be tremendously rewarding, particularly when those improvements breathe new life into the story.

Do you find rewrites to be an agonizing or an ecstatic experience? Tell me in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Re-Writes

  1. It depends on the scene that I’m writing! but I rarely rewrite whole scenes, I usually just edit

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