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Making Art of Rewriting

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Someone observed that it seems I like to take original tales and rewrite them, give them a different ending. I do! Doing that helps me think, and it stretches my imagination. If someone else could think of this story, I can think too and write it differently.

If you are a serious writer, you probably do writing exercises, such as using writing prompts, reading a ton of books in your genre, and re-imagining and rewriting stories. Rewriting stories is fun and helpful, because:

  • When you read something, you see how and what that person was thinking in writing it. You can decide to use that idea and rewrite the story, giving it a different ending.
  • When you don't have any ideas of what to write, rewrite a story. If it's a story you didn't like, that's even better.
  • When you can't get the inspiration, rewriting a story can wake your brain up!
  • When you feel like rubbish, like you don't know how to do anything, rewrite a story. You'll be surprised at what you can do, and how much better you can make a story that is already known.
  • Some paid writing contests require you to use a main character in a popular tale, and retell their story. So start practicing if you want to compete.

And as you do this, you will learn more about your writing skills and tastes, and when you know more about your strengths, you become a better writer.


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