I am coming to a point in my writing that it is almost time to review my work. My book has finally gone over the half-way mark and I am excitedly mapping the homestretch to final chapters. I am hoping for 100,000 words and so far at 60,000 there is still quite a way to go. I have recently needed to start a time-line for the events in my book as well as start making a diagram of all the people and creatures they come across as well as places they have travelled through.
When the muse is lazy or gone off somewhere again… yup, again… I review and start to rewrite previous chapters. But there is something about rewriting that doesn’t sit well with me. I find that most of the time the first thoughts I had and story I presented was how it was supposed to be. As if instead of ‘creating’ and inventing a world and people, it has been more like I am recording their stories. Strange I know. 🙂 So my question is, is it better to rewrite as opposed to polishing inspiration? Maybe it is the choice of different writers, but maybe it is that twilight strip between the two that should be actively sought to present a well-rounded manuscript.