Great Books Aren’t Written, They’re Rewritten–I Hope

(writing)

My favorite author has told me many times that “Great books aren’t written, they’re rewritten.” I’m hoping that is true today.

The holidays are done, the Christmas decorations are put away. The kids are back in school which means that I am back to writing today! I am very excited to get back to the best hobby in the world. I love going back to a project I haven’t looked at in awhile. I love getting a ‘fresh look’ at the characters, the setting and the plot. Even as I type, I’m printing out a book that has a lot of my sweat and tears already in it, yet I’m ready to sweat and tear up a little more in hopes that by rewriting and rewriting and rewriting some more, I can turn my pretty good book into a really great book.
(In actuality, I’m not an emotional person and I probably won’t cry this edit around. I’m pretty sure I didn’t cry any previous edits. It just sounded good at the moment: sweat and tears. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or peanut butter and chocolate—even better. Besides, without the tears, it’s just sweat and that’s gross, so I had to add the tears. Then again, you never know. If this manuscript becomes a great book, it should make me cry, right?)
Anyway, with the release of Sadie, I had to focus on everything that goes with releasing a book. Can I just say that social media has the ability to feel like a giant black hole? …W…o…w…fun stuff. Plus, Sadie was released two weeks before Thanksgiving, the holiday which ushers in the Most Wonderfully Crazy Time of the Year. That meant putting writing and editing on the back burner. I will say, however, that I was very pleased/pleasantly surprised by the joy that comes from reaching out of my comfort zone—and this whole author-release-book-signing-blogging-talk-to-new-people-and-let-them-see-what-lives-inside-my-head was WAY out of my comfort zone, but it was fun.
But now it feels good to go back into my little piece of the world, the little corner of my mind that is reserved for the ‘What ifs’ of life. Writing. Creating. Tweaking. Writing some more. With a little luck and a lot of sweat and tears (sorry to use it again, but it fit—again), I hope to have another book released this year. More details to follow. Hopefully.

Regardless though, it is going to be another great year! 

What little corner are you looking forward to now that the holidays are over?

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Author: Rebecca Belliston @rlbelliston

Hopeless romantic and author of CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND, SADIE and AUGUSTINA. Music nerd and composer of RELIGIOUS and CLASSICAL-STYLE music. I live in Michigan with my husband and five kids.

3 thoughts on “Great Books Aren’t Written, They’re Rewritten–I Hope”

  1. I'm stealing that line and putting it on my wall of inspirational writing quotes I have hanging above my computer. :)Good luck with the rewrite! I love diving back into an old wip and renewing the relationship with the characters I created. Super fun!

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  2. Ok, how AMAZING are you?! lol, and quite hilarious too – I'm pretty sure I just laughed out loud in my empty house.. thanks for making me feel like a freak/kid again – same thing sometimes right?? ;) Miss you guys!

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  3. @Cassie, the funny thing is that I think my dad stole the quote and changed it. Michael Crichton said "Books aren't written, they're rewritten." Personally, I like the one above better, because seriously, stupid books are written all the time, but great books are rare and take HARD work–as you well know. Also, it gives me hope on my lousy first drafts.@Erin, it's nice to think I can make you laugh 4,000 miles away. I love technology! Miss you guys too. How's that guitar comin'?" ;)

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