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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    The short answer to how much rewriting is enough:
    until you get it right
    Of course, nobody can tell how many rewrites that will be. The writer has to decide that for himself/herself.


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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    Amma mentioned there are books that break down individual sentences and show a possible revision. Does anyone have the title of a book I could get that does that?
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The short answer to how much rewriting is enough:
    until you get it right
    Of course, nobody can tell how many rewrites that will be. The writer has to decide that for himself/herself.

    I agree. After spending ten years writing almost nothing but French essays and articles, and one French book, I wrote a book in my own language, English. It was easier, in a sense, but I was surprised how many times I printed a hard copy, and re-read it, only to find there were lots of changes I needed to make.

    It took me about six or seven re-writes to get it right.

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    just do it time after time!

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    Bottom line: however many times you do it, that many times + 1.

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    In my experience one can keep on rewriting for ever, the trick is to do it effectively and to know when its not making any difference.

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    My essay is always rewritten 5 or 6 times. I have to try my best!

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The short answer to how much rewriting is enough:
    until you get it right
    Of course, nobody can tell how many rewrites that will be. The writer has to decide that for himself/herself.

    yes ,u r right
    I like ur comment

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    Trying to capture your thoughts on paper is like trying to grab a certain drop of water as the river rushes by. So a certain amout of re-writng is inevitable.

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    Default Re: How much rewriting is enough?

    Danielle Steele's latest novel had 7 mistakes within 4 pages. A well-known author with the best of editor's. Perhaps someone should have spent more time with it!

    I went over my own book no less than 25 times and still find mistakes today. Re-writing means re-reading. As there are a thousand ways to 'do things right', same may be said for a good story.

    I would certainly support no less than 3 re-writes, absolutely...without doubt.

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