Words Are Like Doritos

Last post, I wrote about how better drafts may mean fewer revisions later on. Still, It’s important to remember that words are like Doritos. What do I mean?
Writing Tip for Today: Many new writers groan if they learn that an entire scene, chapter or story should be completely rewritten to correct structural, pacing or other errors. They wail, “But it took me a long time to write!” Well, gentle writer, that’s the time to remember that your words are as limitless as your commitment to putting them down. Don’t think of a big rewriting project as a burden. Instead, see it as part of your writing apprenticeship. Besides, even accomplished and well-published writers end up with big revisions. Next time you cling to your draft because the words were hard-won, remember that words are like Doritos–you’ll never run out because you can always make more.
Try This!
Write a scene from two different people’s viewpoints. How will they differ? How are they the same? Which do you think works best and why?

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About Linda S. Clare

I'm an author, speaker, writing coach and mentor. I teach both fiction and nonfiction writing at Lane Community College and in the doctoral program as expert writing advisor for George Fox University. I love helping writers improve their craft and I'm both an avid reader and writer of stories about those with wounded hearts.

1 comment on “Words Are Like Doritos

  1. One manuscript that I sent away for review came back with this comment: Although the story line is good, it is too complex. Consider eliminating one of the story lines altogether. Now, you must understand that there were about six differnet story lines woven together – all of which I had labored over (of course) and I had taken the time to intertwine them to such an extent that the thought of eliminating one was overwhelming at first. It would mean practically rewriting the whole manuscript. After some intial resistance, I bit the bullet and did as she suggested. It improved the pace tremendously and I’m happy to say that the novel “My Mother The Man Eater” was picked up and is currently in the production phase. Moral? Do as Linda suggested!

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