How to Get Better at Writing – Rewrite
By Joan Y. Edwards
1. Each time you rewrite, say to yourself, “I am getting better and better.” Have a special hat
or shirt to wear when writing.
2. Write something. Rewrite it. Let it rest for 7 days (in a special place). Then get it out
and read it over again.
3. Read your story out loud. You may hear the mistakes you don’t see. Record it on tape and
listen to it. Make notes of what you want to change.
4. Form a writing group with 2 or 3 other people. Listen to what others say. Ask them to
tell you things they don’t understand in your story. Make notes. You want your meaning
to be clear. Clear communication is essential to learning and peace among people. If you
are feeling very sensitive about your story, save that story for another day or ask your
writing group if they will just listen. Do not ask people what they think of your story if
you are not able to handle a YES or a NO. You have to honor their answer when you ask
them for their opinion. Try not to take it personally. Just because people do not like your
story, it does not mean they do not like you.
5. When rewriting, choose to change only those items you think will add to the story. If
someone tells you, if I was writing the story I would…you don’t have to do it. You are
the writer of your story. Ultimately, the choice of words in your story is up to you.
6. Use the computer to edit if you have one. That way you can save a copy of what it was
first. How you changed it second. And the third revision…before publication. Some
people write better with pencil or pen. Honor the way you work best.
7. Even authors who have had books published find things they want to change in their
stories. Be pleased with how you have improved from the beginning. Be kind to yourself.
8. Reward yourself for each step you take. For each time you rewrite a story, put a penny in
a jar, enjoy your favorite game, or serve popcorn as you read it to others. Don’t wait for
someonelse to reward you. Do it yourself.
9. Believe in yourself. Say, “I am a writer. I am an author. I am a published author. I am a
paid published author. I am an author of a book on the New York Best Sellers list.”
10. Set your goals. “Hitch your wagon to a star. Take a seat and there you are.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Focus.
Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from your goal. If people say that you can’t do it,
show them you can. Use your talents to reach your goal. Never give up, no matter what. You are the only one who can stop you from reaching your goal.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.
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