I’ve heard it a million times before and so have you. “Books are not written – they’re rewritten.”
Revision! An important part of writing a book and yet the hardest as Michael Crichton puts it: “It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
Cutting and editing and rewriting. Where you could cut, edit, rewrite whole chapters, entire sections, change scenes, get rid of unnecessary characters and add new interesting ones, just to make it your best!
There is not one specific way to do it. When you start writing your story or novel, whether you have planned it chapter by chapter or you just have a notion of your beginning and end, your writing is bound to take its own course whether you like it or not during the actual process of writing.
Gustave Flaubert writes:
“What a beastly thing prose is! It’s never finished; there is always something to do over. A good prose sentence must be like a good line of verse, unchangeable, as rhythmic and as sonorous.”
Different writers use different methods to write, revise or rewrite their books. The general notion however is that good writers do revise and rewrite their manuscripts until they think they get it right.
Oh how I wish sometimes that my life was like my fiction!
Imagine applying the same principles of revision to your own life. Imagine if you can weed out anything and everything that is not working for you but working against you in your life. You edit, you revise, you add. Because your life at best is a planned mess.
Imagine you could cut, edit, rewrite entire sections of your life, change scenes, get rid of unnecessary characters and add new and interesting ones, just to make it your best!
William Burroughs sometimes cuts up sentences, tosses them in a hat, pulls them out randomly, and writes them down in that order. Or so he says.
If only I could rewrite my life like William Burroughs did his work. Mix and match and see what happens.