Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Five Signs Your Book Needs a Severe Rewrite

1. You get to the end and think ‘Hey, that’s a much better way to write the first half!’
2. Your wife suggests you listen to a podcast that gives suggestions for how to rewrite ruined books.
3. You decide to change the POV that you’ve been using so far, as you write the last fifty pages of the novel.
4. The only thing the same about your main character in the beginning and the main character in the end is the name.
5. You are excited to finish the book, not because it is an awesome story, but because it is over.

As you can tell, I’ve had a rough time with Realm this past couple of weeks. Sigh. Just a few more words to go… Grg.


  1. Heh heh. I've always related finishing rough drafts to flying a doomed airplane. The wings are on fire, the engine is sputtering, and you're spiraling to the ground, but you still try to navigate it as far as it can go before you crash spectacularly.

    Then you have to view the mess, see what you can salvage or build yourself, and then try to fly it again.

    My first couple of drafts are always a series of crashes ^_^

  2. Yeah, well this plane definitely crashed and burned. And then burned some more. And then maybe exploded. Twice, somehow.

    Man, this book will need work...