Sometimes You’ve Gotta Go Back

logoThis month was not a big meeting, we were competing with GenreCon this weekend so a lot of our regulars were enjoying the convention. Despite that we still managed to find an important lesson from the final lot of critiques for 2015.

It’s easy – particularly when you get a lot of feedback, conflicting feedback, or heck, when you just get stuck in your own head – to edit out some of what made your story good, instead of only the dead weight.

On those occasions sometimes it’s less time consuming to just go back to that earlier draft and tackle it again, but from a different angle. That’s why most of the Visionaries back up our older versions of stories and keep them stored in the hidden depths of our ‘Documents’ folders.

It might be frustrating to have wasted time on rewrites and revisions which you’ll now be scrapping by going back, but sometimes you have to go back to move forward. And, you can always count that ‘wasted time’ towards the famous 10,000 hours it takes you to become a master of writing.

About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie Olley was the President of Vision Writers Group during 2015-2018, has had ten short stories published since joining the group in 2012, has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and received multiple honourable mentions in the Writers Of The Future contest. She also blogs and has free fiction at her website
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