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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Chapter Ten

Don’t Revise, Rewrite!

What is Rewriting?

Before you revise, you have to rewrite! Rewriting is 90 percent of the writing process. If you don’t believe me, download The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as Taken from the Journal of the Whills. That’s what a first draft looks like. That’s what your first draft looks like to any reader who’s willing to be honest with you. That script improved a wee bit before all was said and done. Can you improve your story that much? Sure you can, but you’ve got a lot of work to do.

Misconceptions About Rewriting

Misconception: Now that you have The Ultimate Story Checklist, you can identify all of the flaws in your own manuscript.

Au Contraire: Now might be the time to demand a refund, because that just ...

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