Step 1 – Rewrite

Rewrite: reworking elements of the story to make it more immediate and dramatic. For example: adding or cutting characters. Adding or cutting scenes.

Tips on rewriting

  1. Don’t attempt to rewrite when you’re tired
  2. Don’t attempt to rewrite when you’re in a bad mood
  3. Put your work away for a lengthy stretch of time before rewriting to give yourself a fresh eye.
  4. Never submit a first draft: writing is rewriting. Not even celebrated authors are perfect on their first go.
  5. Read your writing out loud.