The Rewrite Chronicles

Okay, I’ve gone with the plot change I’ve been obsessing over, and now I’ve got to cut out, oh, five chapters. That’s right. Gone, baby, gone. The surviving chapters will need such a serious rewrite that it makes most of the comments made by my one reader, well, beside the point. I paid good money for those comments, and I was damn happy to have them, but I have just rendered most of them useless.

Yes, a second opinion would be a grand thing, but this plot change really had to happen, and while I don’t regret paying money for comments that I don’t really need to read anymore, this whole process still makes me want to ram my head into a hard and sturdy surface.

(In a fit of writerly ego and insanity, I posted a picture of myself in the “about this writer” page, and, as if that weren’t enough, I posted chapter two in the now definitely overly burdened sidebar…)

3 thoughts on “The Rewrite Chronicles

  1. Oh man, five chapters??? So hard! But look at it this way: Nobody wanted my first book until I lopped off the first three chapters, then I landed an agent.

    I’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me, but if you want you can send me something to look over when you’re ready for some feedback. I’d love to return the favor.

    It’s good to see you! For some reason I thought you’d have dark hair…

  2. It’s great to have a face with the blog! I look forward to reading your Chapter 2 – sorry it’ll have to be at a later time.

    I paid money once for a critique, and it was very good advice, but now that I look back, I’ll never do it again. My book changed so much, like you said, after she read it (not necessarily because of her advice), and it was too much money. But, it satisfied my curiosity about paying someone for a critique.

    As a kind writer told me once at a conference: make friends who are good readers and ask for their advice. I find it hard to find good readers who can offer real criticism, so that’s why I’m seeking other writers via the Internet.

    Whenever you need one, I’d be happy to be a reader for you.

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