Insecure Writer’s Support Group today. Group members post the first Wednesday of every month. In the words of the group's leader and founder Alex J. Cavanaugh: "Time to release our fears to the world—or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic." Are there any writers who are not insecure and neurotic?
I'm laboring away at a rewrite of a novella. The publisher asked for the rewrite. They were encouraging and gave me some vague directives so I'm confident. But, this is taking forever. I've been agonizing over this manuscript for a month. It's much better (and longer) than when I started as I've been fleshing out scenes to include more of the character's emotional reactions. I'm almost done. Of course, that's what I said two days ago and three days ago before that.
I received another rewrite request last week on a different short story. Encouraging feedback once again along with some less vague directives. So, once I'm done with the novella rewrite, it's on to the short story rewrite. The story is less than two thousand words so the rewrite shouldn't take so long. I hope.
Rewrites are good. It means the editor likes your story enough to put some more effort into it. At the same time, rewrites leave me anxious. What if I screw it up? Make it worse? What if I don't understand what the editor really wants?
How do you feel about rewrites?
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