Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rewriting and more rewriting..or time to stop?

I've been rereading all of the Gotcha books to see all of the editing mistakes. Wow, Prey must have been garbled in the uploading process, because I didn't see all of the errors on my last read through. I'm sure there's a gremlin that invades computers in the uploading process. Haha, really!

I'm procrastinating, but at least I'm working on my writing. I'd been stuck on the process of writing What a Meth, and while editing I was able to get unstuck. It's amazing what happens when I let go of the novel I'm writing and move on to another project. Suddenly, the original novel becomes so clear, and it's easier to continue writing.

I've got a TV pilot and three features to finish editing and rewriting, so I have plenty to keep me busy. I have to admit, editing is much easier when I've put the project away for a long period (a month or more). And there are scripts and novels I'll never finish, because they just weren't meant to be.

The famous quote reads, "Writing is rewriting." Truer words. But with any story there is a point where you have to stop rewriting, or as I call it, beating a dead horse. Either the story works, or it doesn't. Putting all of your eggs in one basket, and rewriting to the point where the Spackle is easily visible is a mistake. There is a point when it's time to move on. When enough people have turned the novel/script down, know when to say when, and just move on to another story. I've had to move on many times, and I've even put a story aside after writing 200 pages, knowing it's not the right story. (I'm full of cliches today). It's a tough thing to do, because 200 pages equals many, many hours, and it's hard to look deep inside and know this just isn't the right story, no matter how many times we rewrite it. I'm at that point now on one of the screenplays I wrote. There is just no way any manager/agent/producer is going to want the script, I've come to grips with it, and put it away, never to see the light of day. In the process, I've come up with a better story to tell.

Such is the life of a writer, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

1 comment:

  1. I give myself a stop that's enough talking to when I get to that stage; yes it's hard not to keep picking away at a piece of writing.