On Rewriting

I’m doing some rewriting on EEL’S REVERENCE — or whatever it’s called.

TITLE: I’ve asked here, there, and everywhere, and I can’t get a consensus on a title. Some people are even saying, “Why do you want to change the title?” One said,” Eel is what caught my attention. I wanted to see what eels have to do with reverence.” So that’s still up in the air. Input is welcome.

HORSES: I had horses galloping around through the desert like jeeps. Now I have desert ponies, a breed I invented, who can go without food and water for long periods of time like camels.

POV: I kept the whole thing in Aunt Libby’s POV, even for scenes she wasn’t in, by injecting her voice in commentary and having her say the participants told her these things later. Now, I switch from her first-person POV to the viewpoint character’s third-person POV, and label the section with whose POV it is, if it’s other than Aunt Libby’s. Turns out it’s less intrusive and bumpy to switch POV entirely than to try to keep it consistent.

So that’s what I’ve been up to, writing-wise. Luckily for me, I love editing my own stuff. Other people’s, not so much, the reason being that I always take my own advice.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Have two very different characters narrate the same incident, each in his or her own voice. For instance, if you watch NCIS you know that Gibbs would tell something totally differently than Abby or Ziva or McGee or Very Special Agent Tony DiNozzo would. And Vance would probably just lie.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “On Rewriting

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  1. Ginny Fleming

    May 22, 2012 at 6:07pm

    I told you, an’ I’mma told you again — The Title should be:

    “Knot Eels”

    I’mma like you. No charge. 8-}

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  2. Jane

    May 23, 2012 at 6:19pm

    I’m wondering…something like: The Reverence of the Eel.


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