When writing fiction novels, many rookie and first time writers often make the mistake of believing that the first words that come tumbling out of their heads are the best ones. The reality of that is that often when you are focusing more on the creative aspect, the actual technical writing part can suffer. This isn’t the end of the world however, it just means that you have crafted the bones of your work, and now you need to work on the flesh. That is basically what a re-write is, simply retranslating your story and making sure that all of the ideas brewing in your head made it down on to paper in a way that is easy to follow and understand, as well as be engaging. Don’t think of the re-write as changing or adapting your story because it is not good enough, think of it as refining it and polishing the edges to make it more accommodating. Think of your manuscript as an unrefined and unprocessed good like wheat for instance. Wheat itself isn’t very useful, but when you grind it up in a mill you get flour, which can create delicious and nutritious bread. The same is true for your book, you just need some refinement.
Once you have finished the creative phase of writing, entering the re-write stage is a kind of editing process where you make sure that there is not any plot holes or lack of motivation, contradictory ideologies or physical world principles. Think about it as editing the grammar of your creativity, making sure it is all logical.
Daryl Harrison is a self-published author who learned the value of re-writing his work before releasing it.