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Rewriting can be a thing of joy and beauty, or … you can make it feel that way


If you think about it, the best part about writing is the joy of rewriting.

Oh, I know rewriting can be very hard. As hard as it might be to get something written down on the page — whether a paper page or virtual page — it can become downright harsh trying to turn it into coherent content when you rewrite. Some of us are too impatient (“Lord, give me patience — and give it to me NOW.”) to really enjoy the experience. Some of us just sort of cringe when we read what we’ve written, making it hard to rewrite.

If any of that reflects your experience, try looking at rewriting from a different perspective: When you are doing public speaking, debate, etc., what comes out of your mouth is out there “live” for everyone to hear; when you write, you have the opportunity to rewrite your goofs and blunders BEFORE they go live.

Personally, I quickly discovered in my career that I’m much better as a writer than I ever was as a speaker or teacher (or in my case, preacher) for that very reason. I have the luxury of being able to look at what I’ve written, sharpen it, and “correct” it where needed. I rarely had that chance when I was speaking/teaching/preaching.

So keep up the good fight. Strive to put those words down and get the message out. And enjoy the luxury you have of being able to rewrite.

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6 Responses to “Rewriting can be a thing of joy and beauty, or … you can make it feel that way”

  1. Sue says:

    Thank you for the advice writerguy. I’m subscribing to your google feed, you seem to have a lot of information to share and I could use it. See you in the Stumble Thread at PPP!

  2. skeet says:

    My experience is much like yours. I’ve done my share of public speaking and media events. Sweaty palms, dropped cards, coughing fits, forgotten lines – not my finest hours! Rather embarrassing, really. Writing works for me because I can tweak and polish until I have something that shines.

    I’m liking your blog more and more. Glad I found you! But what do I know? I’m just a gal who reads the blogs. ;0)

  3. Tina Kubala says:

    So does it make me a bit of an egomaniac that I love to read my writing? If anything, I have to let a night pass before I can find the flaws.

  4. Gary says:

    Thanks for your kind comments, Sue. Hope you continue to find helpful things here. I’m learning.

  5. Gary says:

    Hi Skeet. The most idiotic, embarrassing thing I remember doing as far as public speaking goes was when I pastored a small church many years ago in a town of about 375 people. I can laugh about it now, but my wife, Shirley, and the good folks of our little 20-member congregation were left somewhere between puzzled and astounded.

    The story’s too long to recount here. If you’re interested, I think you can still find it at this link on “Helium.com”

  6. Gary says:

    Yes, Tina, sadly enough, you seem to be an egomaniac.

    NAH! Just kidding. I can remember a few things I’ve written that left me feeling happy inside and even somewhat amazed that I’d written them. They were “right” from the get-go and required very little rewriting. Makes you especially pleased to be a writer when that happens, doesn’t it?

    Now if I could just write something novel-length that felt that good, I’ll bet I could make some money with it. Hmmmm.