Rewriting Checklist For Authors

Rewriting Checklist For Authors

Once you’ve finished the first draft, the work begins. Use this rewriting checklist for authors to help you finish your book.

The first draft of your novel is a sketch. It is a rough piece of writing where you have worked out a shape of a story. Once you have completed this, the real work begins.

Richard North Patterson says: ‘Writing is rewriting. A writer must learn to deepen characters, trim writing, intensify scenes. To fall in love with the first draft to the point where one cannot change it is to greatly enhance the prospects of never publishing.’

Many authors rewrite their manuscripts many times before they are happy to send their book to the publisher.

Michael Crichton said: ‘Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.’

If you’re about to rewrite your book, ask these 30 questions.

Rewriting Checklist For Authors

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  1. An Editing Checklist For Writers
  2. 12-Steps to Self-Editing – your stress-free guide to preparing a manuscript
  3. What 20 Famous Authors Had to Say About Rewriting
  4. How to rewrite and revise your manuscript – I’ve learnt to stop

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 8th December 2013
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