And My Answer…

I deleted the question and my response and decided to answer it here so the author is not seemingly attacked by me. The author’s only fault is a massive belief in myths. So no point in me getting personal.

So here is the author’s question in general.

The author had a large (400 plus page book) that was in 4th draft. The author wanted to know if we had a workshop that would help him make the next rewrite/polish/edit draft better.

Yes, someone actually asked me that question.

Here is my response:

I’m afraid not a one of our workshops will help you at that stage. You have pretty much already ruined the book. My suggestion (which you won’t like and will be insulted by I am sure) is go back to your first draft, spellcheck, and get it to a copyeditor to find typos and then release.

That first draft will retain your original voice. 4 or 5 drafts just make your work same and dull and takes your voice out of it. And trust me, I don’t teach people how to ruin their work. I teach people how to believe in their own work and trust their own voice.

David Farland (if you take a year or two of his workshops) might be able to teach you how to rewrite without killing your voice if you want to spend that much time and money at learning a skill you really don’t need. But it takes a couple years of time to learn to do it right if you are invested that much in the rewriting myth.

But instead, why not go back to the first draft and just trust your own skill instead of believing in all the myths? You might be surprised at the result.

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Well, I am sure that the author would not have been satisfied with that answer. So I deleted the question and my response and decided to just put it here. The author would have never asked the question if he ever came to this blog, so this is for just general practice. He will never see it, I am sure.

For those of you new here, let me be clear. I believe rewriting is a horrid myth that will kill a writer’s joy of writing and fairly quickly their career. The rewriting myth is based out of fear, a misinformed thinking that rewriting makes perfect instead of dull and same, and a lack of trust in the author’s own voice.

Plus it is a vast waste of time. This rewriting myth pushed by English teachers and the November writing month challenge creates sloppy writing as well.

My belief… Write in creative voice, clean copy, get done, and release. Then move on to the next story.

And all of our workshops and lectures are positive and meant to help writers learn craft skills, business, and how to have fun telling stories.