When it came time to sitting down and beginning my rewrite on Woven, I was very apprehensive. There’s so much work in drafting a novel. To do that work twice over seems that much more daunting.

Honestly, it’s been easier than I anticipated. There are a lot of pros (and maybe some cons) to rewriting the novel from word one.

Pros:
~ After drafting and revising several times, I know the story and characters much better and thus the rewrite is stronger.
~ Rewriting from word one eliminates a lot of baggage, like being overly attached to adverbs and certain sentences.
~ Knowing the story and characters so well actually makes the writing go faster.
~ Voice is stronger on the rewrite because I know the characters so well. I already have a feel of who they are and how they’d talk.
~ Any revisions to character or voice that need to be made are easier to make in a logical way and without seams than in revising.

Cons:
~ Revisions to character are harder to make because I know the characters so well.
~ Remembering that perfect turn of phrase or little world-building detail and wanting to just copy-paste it wholesale into the manuscript but can’t.
~ Knowing the characters and story so well you suddenly can’t remember if you wrote that crucial scene in the rewrite or are just remembering it written in the old drafts.
~ Paranoia that the voice is weaker than before.

Are rewrites easier for you or harder?