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    Starting first Rewrite

    Discussion in 'The Art of Critique' started by macleod0420, Oct 22, 2010.

    First I want to thank you all for saving me from myself. I started my first novel without really thinking that the length would inhibit my getting published. 100k words into what I had planned to be 200k word story, I read on another thread in this forum that long first novels were very difficult to have published and now I see the reasons why. With that in mind I finished the story in 150k words. I have since cut 60k words from the body and come up with what I think is a solid rough draft.

    Following all of the work I have put in, and I'm sure many of you can understand how much hard work that was, I am ready to start my first of several rewrites. My question for any who have experience with such is this:

    What are some rewrite techniques that may help with my story streamlining?

    Are there any rewriting techniques that you can help me with?

    Is 110k words too many for a new writer to have published on a first story?

    Please help with any information you all may have on how to be successful when turning a rough story into something that may be appealing to publishers.
     
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    It is by no means a comprehensive list, but the 7 points focused on during critique week make for a pretty good self-check list during proofs/rewrites. For sanity I'll repost them here:
    Good luck to you and I'm glad you have been able to make such a great cut (60k words!) already. It's amazing how much extra crap we can cram into a story isn't it?
     
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    Thank you

    Thank you for the help. I think I have done a decent job so far with tense and grammar. I think my dialogue is strong in some places and needs work in others.

    I will confess that this being my first novel, I changed a major theme in my plot line half way through and so much of the cutting I did was to make way for rewriting the opening to fit with the theme. I will not make the same mistake with my second novel. I'm at 91k words now and will hopefully finish with about 110k.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Cutting is easier than adding. However, easier said than done as in some text you need to cut has been put so much efforts - then it feels like if you cut off a finger! My two cents: check if you REALLY NEED the text to understand the message. Often the reverse question helps (at least me): what if this text would NOT be IN? Does it add value at all?
     
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    To be honest I do literally rewrite find it quicker than editing.

    I find it helps so that where I have tweaked, changed and reordered the plot the story flows better.

    Then I go through getting the words and flow write. Adding any missed dialogue beats and descriptions. Maybe the odd contemplation scene.added. Also I make a spreadsheet to keep my timeline in order.

    Finally I do punctuation.
     

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