Rewriting: When to start all over again

frustrationThis week, my son is on spring break.  That means that last week I had work to get done.  I had to do better than stay caught up. I had to get ahead. 

Yet one piece refused to come together.  I had written my first draft but try as I might, subsequent drafts were no better.  If anything, they were getting worse.  So I did what I often do at times like this.

I started over.

Instead of trying to fix what I had already written, I started a new copy.  When I know what I want to say but can’t seem to get there from where I am, I scrap it all and start anew with a clear destination in sight. 

Tell another writer that you do this, and you might be surprised by their reaction.  I get a lot of cringes.  “But that’s means you’ve wasted all that time.”

Wasted?   No.  It only took me about 20 minutes to create this new draft.   The wasted time was the 2 hours I spent on a rewrite that refused to come together.  

When one way of doing it isn’t working, try something new.  You may be surprised by the results.

–SueBE

Character Facets

Sorry for how late I am getting the Monday post up.  This weekend we went fishing.  We met a trapper who had been brought in to deal with the new residents — beavers — who may be cute but are putting the farmers downstream of the lake in danger. 

Me being me, I was interested in this guy, never having met a trapper before.  How many of us have in this day and age?  Anyhow, I struck up a conversation and could tell by his accent that he was not a city boy.  That matched, him trapping beaver and all. 

When I asked him where they “came down from” (lake talk for “where do you live?”) he named a rather posh part of the city.  Posh by my standards.   Much posher than where we live.  Originally, he came from a smaller city still in Missouri, had met his wife while going to college, and had a masters from a big name university.  Now he works for a major scientific company in the city.

And he traps.

Are your characters this interesting? 

Why not?

–SueBE