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Re-envisioning

I had a creative writing lecturer who was adamant that the second draft of a story be pretty much completely different. Revision, he said, was another way to say ‘re-envision’ which meant you pulled out the core elements of the story, twisted them up and plopped them down on the page again. In his mind, this version of the story would always be better.

While I don’t agree that this is always the case, I did learn that it’s a good to let some things not make it to the second draft, that you sometimes need to tackle things from a different angle and see where they take you. You don’t have to keep all the elements you began with in order to make a story better. Some things are simply not meant to be in that particular story, or your story might be better suited to some drastic changes.

I’m making changes.

I didn’t write yesterday, I ended up falling asleep with Lauren in the afternoon and when I woke up because the dog was whining to get inside, she woke up too and wouldn’t go to sleep unless I held her. So I did. Last night I was just too tired, tiredness pervades me right now. As it will for the next few weeks no doubt!

The upshot of falling asleep at 8.30pm is that there is more time for dreaming, and last night I had a really intriguing one. It highlighted for me all the things that were missing in my novel and when I woke up this morning I felt like I had a fresh new perspective on it. I may not even be halfway through the novel, but this newer, sleeker vision I have for it is more fun, and most importantly – more entertaining. I felt like the book was missing something but I couldn’t put my finger on it, well, now I know and I’m looking forward to getting into it again. Goodness knows I have a lot of catching up to do!

I’d love to go back and make changes, but for now I’ll have to settle for this re-envisioning of the way forward, and if I end up having time, I can go back and find the places where things need to be added.

In other news: I have a dating scan booked for Tuesday afternoon and am looking forward to finding out how far along I actually am. Lauren and I both have colds, Hubby is feeling a little under the weather too and Ivy has birthday parties to go to both days this weekend! That girls end of year social calendar is looking pretty full, she has way more of a social life than we do!

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8 thoughts on “Re-envisioning”

    1. a big step… lol I think perhaps he was just going quite over the top in order to get people to even make little changes though, at least I hope so… he wasn’t happy with your revised version unless 90% of it was different to the original story.

  1. I agree. Especially the more one writers; I am prepared to say what I just finished is more tell than show, but that’s not always the case. Seems a bit odd to me, to write soemthing then completely strip it down, unless what you’ve been hammering away at is at odds with what you had imagined.

    Some stuff needs big revision, but not everything. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater… πŸ™‚

    And that you’ve got loads of new ideas is fantastic! I just got back from a walk, and am itching to write down bits I pondered.

    But blogs first, hee hee….

    1. hope the writing goes well, am wondering whether I can be bothered nanoing.. I know I should, I want to write the story but… we’ll see I guess.

  2. Complete re-writes? Hell, that’s just… insane… I can see that some authors might use the advice, but I really can’t see the point in changing so much unless there is a massive problem with the first draft which needs such a drastic option. If the story holds together then I’m happy to use what I wanted in the first place, but this is the kind of advice which will screw up a lot of people.

    Go with what works for YOU. Hell, I feel like I’m spending more time telling people why ‘experts’ are wrong these days than I am coming up with alternatives…

    1. lol I do, don’t worry! It was a shame to see perfectly good stories turned into something completely different and ultimately not actually BETTER than the originals. It’s like a way to write different stories from a singular idea rather than a way to work towards a finished product. But anyways… you see to be powering along with your nano-novel πŸ˜‰ good stuff!

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