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Rewriting an old story

on February 9, 2017

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I am currently working on what will be the trilogy to my first two novels, which are currently published. It is quite a task knowing how much back story to tell without the story becoming bogged down. But readers are clever creatures and don’t need to be spoon-fed erroneous details. But as an author who would cringe if I published a novel with any mistakes I thought I’d go back to my first novel and brush up on certain facts.

That was when I realised that in the ensuing years I had learned a lot more about the writing process and I saw certain things that I could change. I still felt strongly that it was a powerful book with a strong tale to tell. But I had a nagging feeling that I could do it better justice. Initially, I was just going to fiddle around with the opening chapters, but being the perfectionist I am I went through the whole novel. After all, one has to have the same narrative voice throughout. Reading through the first book I find that I now have a better connection with the trilogy.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, I constantly read that when one has published a novel to leave well alone. Yes, that is true to a certain extent. But if, like me, you feel that a rewrite is in order-then, why not? One is always learning the craft of writing and (hopefully) we get better all the time. You know the expression that, ‘a change is as good as a rest’?  Well, if you’re becoming bogged down in a certain project, why not have a go at rewriting an old book?

 

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