Writing Tip — 51

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If you are having problems rewriting, do a reverse outline for each chapter. Ask yourself the following questions:

Do all  the scenes have to do with the main plot and a couple minor plots in the book?

Do all the characters move the story along or are some bogging it down?

If any characters do nothing to advance the story, then get rid of them. The same goes for any subplots. If  the subplot has nothing to do with the main plot, get rid of it.

Once you have skinned your book down to solid bare bones, then comes the time to rebuild. The scenes and characters you have left behind need to be solidly connected and fleshed out. Yes, it is going to take time, but now you have two things in your favor.

  1. You have already written this once. You know how the remaining characters sound and act.
  2. You have a plan to work from, based on the notes you made when you were tearing it apart.

Once you have finished the rewrite, it’s time to send it back out to your beta reader to find out if the rewriting made a difference.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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4 Responses to Writing Tip — 51

  1. Really nice advice. I will also remove the sub plots and then try to rebuild the story again. I think that’l make the story perfect masterpiece. Thank you

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