Wednesday, April 11, 2012

There's Rewriting and Then There's REWRITING!

            Michael Crichton once said, "Books aren't written - they're rewritten. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it." This is an absolutely true, dead-on assessment of writing. All good writers – and the rest of us – are stuck having to rewrite our novels, articles, and blogs before we allow anyone else to read them. Heck, I even rewrite e-mails 3 and 4 times. Rewriting is unavoidable.

            However, most of us don’t have the same problem with rewriting that Trish Vickers had. Ms. Vickers lost her sight seven years ago, but being blind didn’t keep her from starting to write a novel. She wrote the first 26 pages and then showed them to her son, who had the unpleasant task of telling her that her pen had run out of ink while she had been writing. Fortunately, he had the brilliant idea of taking the papers covered with indentations to the local police department. Forensic scientists in Dorset, U.K., working on their own time, painstakingly recreated the words using the indentations as a guide. It took them 5 months. Now that’s some fancy rewriting!

            I can’t wait to read Ms. Vickers’ novel, Grannifer’s Legacy, when she finishes it. Her local police department has given the first 26 pages high marks and is anxiously awaiting the next installment. That’s a good enough recommendation for me!


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