Writing Tips

Writing Tip: Don’t Edit, Rewrite Instead

This is a tip that I saw on Pinterest and so I thought I would give it a try a couple of months ago and I’m using this Tip currently on editing and expanding my book The Agency Games.

Here’s the idea: once you have finished drafting, you don’t just go into the computer and edit along the way. You pull up a blank document and you rewrite your manuscript sentence by sentence. Now before you turn away in disgust, hear me out.

This is why it works:
As you are rewriting your scholarly piece (as opposed to editing it), you will inherently take away any redundant parts but, more likely, you will add a lot more material and flush out your ideas now that you know how it ends. The same goes for fictional stories. In fictional stories, knowing where the characters are going will help you streamline your plot line within the novel. Going back and expanding where necessary and cutting out unnecessary scenes will greatly benefit your novel.

My results:
I am currently using this technique to expand my book. Out of six chapters, I have added 3,000 words! That’s pretty dang fantastic. It is HOURS (and days) of extra work and it is taking much longer than simple editing would have (which I’ll still have to do after I’m done rewriting).

However, the result is completely worth it. Not only did I greatly improve the quality of my writing but I also improved the quantity of my work. Despite the extra time that it takes, I fully plan to rewrite my entire book and hopefully reach my goal of 75,000 words!

Have you ever tried this technique before? Did it work for you?

Happy Writing Everyone!

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