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Rewriting a storyRewriting A Story

Congratulations! You did it. You wrote the whole story! Not too many on the Planet Earth have written an entire story. People talk about it. People tell their friends they are going to do it. People dream about it. But you are one of the few that actually did it. You are quite the unique individual.

Oh, I’m sorry. We’re not done yet. Now it’s time for the best part of the writing process. It’s time to rewrite the whole thing over again. Yeah!!!!!!!! Aren’t you happy!

Ok, here’s the deal. I write everyday on many different projects, all of the time. I write stuff for people all over the world. And the stuff I write about, most likely, you don’t even want to hear about.

When you write, it is a very good thing to take a couple of days or more and just get away from your story all together. Don’t think about it. Don’t look at it. Don’t talk about it. Just leave the thing alone.

Actually I think it is best to get away from the story all together for about a week. If you can wait a year, that’s even better.

After a week ( or a year if you have the time ), you are fresh, your brain is brand new. Now, you can look at your story and see things you didn’t see the first time you wrote it. You will read what you wrote and say to yourself, “Self, I could have said this instead of that. I could have used this word instead of that one. I should have ended the story like this instead of that. I should have started the story like this instead of that.

Rewriting a Story

Rewriting a story is very common. Rewriting a story is very common even when what you are writing is not a story. On the other hand, everything that you write in your entire life, you should think of as a story. Whatever you write is a set of ideas, a group of concepts, a presentation for another human to understand. Even a text message is a story.

Some human wrote everything, every word you see on the internet. Some human wrote every one of your favorite songs. Some human wrote every movie you have ever seen. A lot of writing goes on everyday and most of what you see as the end result has been rewritten many times. This is because everyone knows that the rewrite is better than the first time around.

So join the club. Make your story even better. Get busy and rewrite your story.