Should I rewrite my novel?

Should I rewrite my novel?

Fantastic if you can modify your book. Put forth the effort to revise it and make it the best it can be. Prepare to rewrite if there are too many structural difficulties for editing to address. Sit down and put in the effort. But if it truly cannot be saved, you must go on. Start again.

How do you write and rewrite?

The Best Way to Rewrite Your Novel

  1. Know why it needs changing. Before you do anything else, you need to know what’s wrong with your manuscript.
  2. Mourn the old version, then let it go (it gets easier with time)
  3. Plan what you want to do.
  4. Just write.
  5. Accept sometimes you need to rewrite and rewrite and rewrite.

Do you need to edit your book before publishing it?

Thoroughly edit your book. The best present an author can offer their book is a thorough edit. Yes, whether you self-publish or send your book to agencies, others will be reading it, assessing it, and making judgments that will effect its success. You want your book's first impression to be a good one.

Before you publish, your book should look nice, be easy to read, and not have any errors in it. An editor can help with all of these problems so your book is ready to go public.

The more you edit your book the better because you don't want anyone to think that you didn't try hard enough to make it perfect first time around.

Of course, you also need to know how to write a book in the first place. If you aren't sure how to do this, then you probably shouldn't be writing books yet!

However, if you do know how to write a book, then you already know what we mean when we say you need to edit it before publishing it.

We hope our explanation has been helpful. We would love to hear from you about other things you think we should include in our guide to helping authors edit their books. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

When should you stop editing a book?

Here are several red flags that may indicate that you should stop editing: You're nauseous at the prospect of touching your novel. This one is self-evident. If you've spent so much time editing, reworking, and thinking about your story that you're sick of it, it's definitely time to call it quits.

You feel like you're not making any progress anymore. If you can't come up with a good reason for continuing to edit, then it's time to admit that you don't want to change anything else about your manuscript.

You spend more time editing than writing. If you can't write your draft without first going through multiple rounds of edits, it's time to consider other options.

Your document is longer than what will likely be accepted by most publishers. Studies show that readers prefer books between 80 and 120 pages long. If your novel is longer than this, either cut some material or combine chapters. A shorter novel is easier to publish and market.

You feel like you're trying to fix something that isn't broken. If you continue to edit when nothing seems amiss, you're probably wasting your time. Trust your instincts - if you feel like you're missing the mark, it might be best to call it quits.

About Article Author

Maureen Pollman

Maureen Pollman loves to create. Whether it's a painting or jewelry piece, she loves using her imagination and bringing things to life. She enjoys learning about different cultures and their traditions, which helps her connect with people on a deeper level. Maureen also enjoys reading books about psychology, which helps her understand people's motivations and how to best serve them.

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