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One Writer's Journey

Finish lineWhen you start a new story, do you write it from beginning to end before you begin to rework it?  Or do you write chapter 1, rewrite chapter 1 and then rewrite chapter 1 some more?

The problem with rewriting before you finish a draft is that it is easy to fall into the rewrite trap.  First, you rework chapter 1 so that it has a stronger hook.  Then you add details that bring the setting to life and set the mood.  You think you’ve done a pretty good job until your critique group comments on it.  Now you have to rework it yet again.  And heaven forbid you read an article on dialogue or voice, because that will require yet another rewrite.

We all know that we will need to rewrite our work not once but several times.  We also know that we have to present editors and publishers…

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