Writing, Erasing, Rewriting.. Does it ever stop?

This week has been a success and a disaster. I was Finally able to wrap up chapter 5 and made significant progress with chapter six. But instead of moving forward with this progress, I stated going back through my story and changing, rewriting, cutting, adding, etc. with everything I have already done. I know this process needs to happen, but I fear that if I will be spending far too much time doing this then actually getting the story on paper.

First question is: Is it better to push through and write the story in it’s entirety before you start revising, adding, cutting, and whatnot? Or do you do a little bit of this along the way?

I think a part of me spends so much time rewriting as opposed to extending my story because I have no idea if what I am writing is garbage or if there is actually something there.

Second question: How do you know if you are actually a good writer? Do you let someone read what you have written so far and get feedback? And if so, where do you find these people?

For me, this is one of the scariest things- putting myself out there and letting someone read my story. For me it’s not just the fear they won’t like it, but what if they judge me based on what I write? So I often wonder, maybe I should find someone who isn’t a friend and have them read my story. But with this thought brings the fear that someone would steal my idea. Ugh, what to do, what to do…

10 thoughts on “Writing, Erasing, Rewriting.. Does it ever stop?

  1. Ugh, writer struggles! I think the first question just depends on your personal process: I generally just race through the first draft and come back to deal with my massive pile of edits later; I have a friend, though, who edits as she writes, but her drafts take her way longer than mine take me. So I guess you just kinda have to find your rhythm, provided you keep making progress. 🙂

    Getting critiques is terrifying, yes! I’m a part of a teen writer’s group on facebook, and that’s where I find most of my readers, but YES. Everything about having other people read your work can be very, very scary. :p

    BTW, I found your blog via the Bloggers Discuss Goodreads group. 🙂


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  2. Wow, Thank you for the great advice and insight! I’m glad you found my blog 🙂 I think I need to try and push through, just so I get the words down. I think all the rewriting is making me stumble around and is taking FOREVER!!


  3. I’ve heard that bad writers never wonder if they’re good enough, so I think you’re in great company when you ask whether or not what you’re writing is any good.

    I go through phases, especially during a first draft, where I’m pretty sure everything I write is pure trash. I’m the worst writer to ever put sentences together. I know it’s not true, but that’s how it feels.

    It can be a rut if you fall into editing without making new progress. Maybe make yourself write new words before you allow yourself to edit. Write one new chapter, then you can edit one chapter. This way, you’ll ensure you’re getting words down.

    I’m interested in hearing how you’re writing is going and wish you the best of luck with it!

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  4. HI Lori, sorry for such a late response. Life has gotten away from me. So as you can imagine, my writing has come to a stand still. That’s not to say I don’t constantly think about it. How is your writing going?


  5. Life tends to do that. I’m homeschooling my youngest now and it has made writing every day very challenging. However, I finished my second full-length novel in October.

    I’m plotting my next novella and editing a trilogy of novellas until the end of the year. No more new words until 2017.

    I wish you the best of luck with your writing. It was so kind of you to respond.

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