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why to take rewriting seriously

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:08 pm
by mike m.
1. Your agent will give you notes.

The odds of selling your script will improve dramatically if you prove you can take notes like a pro. Be humble. Listen. Digest. Then roll up your sleeves and get the job done so publishers want to work with you. You’re not only selling your mss , you’re selling yourself.

2. Your story will improve after you’ve had some distance and time to digest it.

In the history of writing, no first draft was ever as good as the final draft. Give your story a chance to evolve. Don’t give up on it too soon or selling the script will be impossible.

Corollary- if you pantsit and edit as you go you only get that first draft.

3. Agents and publishers will put a red mark next to your name in their mental database if you submit a mss that’s poorly written.

Don’t blow your chance to make a great first impression. If your submission isn’t polished, you’ll never sell … ever.

4. Don’t make it easy for them to give your novel a “pass.”

The more polished a story is, the greater your odds of selling it

5. Because your story deserves it … and you deserve it.

Don’t blow your chances of achieving your dreams by giving up on yourself and your story. If you don’t believe in it enough to rewrite it to a polish, then why should anyone else believe in you? You are your words. Make sure they represent who you are as a writer.

Re: why to take rewriting seriously

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:59 pm
by ostarella
[quote="mike m."]2. Your story will improve after you’ve had some distance and time to digest it.

In the history of writing, no first draft was ever as good as the final draft. Give your story a chance to evolve. Don’t give up on it too soon or selling the script will be impossible.

Corollary- if you pantsit and edit as you go you only get that first draft.[/quote]


I can agree with the other points in your list, but in this one, the "corollary" doesn't fit (and the "history of writing" statement is pretty obviously exaggerated). For one thing, outliners also edit as they go. Beyond that, what difference does the number of drafts make? Does someone who has 10 drafts stand a better chance than someone with five? How can you be sure that those additional drafts are actually making it better, or just making it different? We've had (possibly still do have) published authors here who edit as they go and have one, and only one, draft. Other forums I've been on found nothing unusual about it.

Re: why to take rewriting seriously

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am
by rob-lost
@mike m:
I do wish you'd get off your high horse about pantsing.

You've already shown you don't understand what the word means. Your prejudice against it is just tiresome, and sullies what otherwise is a nice post.

Re: why to take rewriting seriously

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:41 am
by mike m.
[quote="rob-lost"]@mike m:
I do wish you'd get off your high horse about pantsing.

You've already shown you don't understand what the word means. Your prejudice against it is just tiresome, and sullies what otherwise is a nice post.[/quote]
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i know what it means in practice having watched too many writers do it that way

Re: why to take rewriting seriously

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:56 am
by ostarella
[quote="mike m."]i know what it means in practice having watched too many writers do it that way[/quote]

Recall the story of the three blind men and the elephant?

Re: why to take rewriting seriously

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:26 am
by pls
Another topic going nowhere. Locked.