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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Rewriting

Rewriting

It’s a real pain in the ass.

I’m looking over this rushed but finished novel I wrote over the summer and I’m simultaneously glad I wrote it and unspeakably disappointed with it.

It’s like reading a poorly novelized film. The plot and the movement aren’t unbelievable, but the prose is underwhelming. It lacks voice. It meanders.

But the story, for me, more or less works.

I’m really just looking through it to see what I can salvage. There’s a good deal of description and dialogue that I like, which is surprising. The meditations and half-baked philosophizing isn’t, which isn’t much of a surprise. I dislike that stuff anyway; I probably just wrote it to get it out of the way at the time.

But it feels like it should maybe be a screenplay. It would be neat, but I have no idea what to do with one of those. They’re even harder to sell than a novel.

So, what I’m thinking is that I really was working on two different stories and sort of trying to see if they could coexist. They can’t. One is incredibly pretentious, the other really fun.

Maybe I’ll work both out one day.

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