Internet Writers Support Group --What is IWSG? Founder of IWSG and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!"
The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month, The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought provoking posts. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page.
Writer's Re-writing Tips by J. Q. Rose
I was thrilled to finish the first draft of my mystery work-in-progress last week.
Now begins the fun part, the re-writing.
There is no great writing, only great rewriting.Justice Brandeis
Actually I enjoy slogging through the manuscript and "fixing" it up, slashing sentences, paragraphs, or even full scenes. adding the motivation or the one touch that pulls the heart strings of the reader, and finding that perfect verb to illuminate the action. Ah, what joy.
Now that I am ready to finish this third mystery, I would like to learn methods other writers do when re-writing their manuscripts.
What tips can you share with us to help make the re-writing more productive?
- Do you read through without making any changes to get the flow or pacing of the story? Find the muddle in the middle?
- Do you begin by fixing grammar errors and typos?
- When do you check if characters and descriptions of locations are consistent throughout the entire story?
- Do you perform all these steps in one reading?
- Do you keep each chapter separate and save it to its own file in MS Word? Or do you write all the chapters in one file? Or do you use a writer's helper like Scrivener to keep track of chapters, scenes, characters, etc
What nugget of information can you share with us? Please leave a comment below. We'd appreciate all the help we can get!