I have spent more time rewriting my work than writing it, which I expected. Or, I believe the old adage is true: “Writing is rewriting.”
In his essay for Glimmer Train, Phil Tate discusses a valuable lesson of rewriting, or revision:
Willful expansion adds stuff. Some of it is good, some of it is not, and forcing myself to cut deeply—not only when it was good enough but when it was good—made a stronger, more tightly focused story.
Other pieces from Glimmer Train this month:
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