Writing a Book – Step 4 – Revise, Rewrite, Re-edit
Over the past few months I’ve shared my process of writing this book, All That Is, Living in the Moment for Strength & Vitality. I began with the Value of a Daily Writing Habit, and continued with Writing a Book – Step 2 – First Revision,Writing A Book- Step 3 – Editorial Advice. In Step 4, my manuscript became a book.
I began making the revisions my developmental editor suggested. As I revised and re-read the manuscript I saw my life stories, not directly related to mindfulness, gratitude and health, weakened the book’s purpose. Not only did I now have to rewrite, revise, and edit, I needed to make carefully measured chapter cuts.
Taking out the unrelated chapters significantly reduced the length of the book, necessitating expanding and adding chapters. Rewriting was a slower process than the original writing because I had to stick to my theme of living in the moment.
In this process I made the decision it is better to have a smaller book than one padded with information that doesn’t contribute to the book’s intention. This process took longer than expected because I edit as I write.
Now,the talented writer, Gary White, is reading my fully revised, rewritten, and re-edited book. He has graciously agreed to write the forward.
While I wait, I am completing the Resources chapter and designing covers. The above cover is the first of several I’ll be creating to receive your feedback. I’m using Kindle e-book cover templates from Canva.
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