Which is harder, to write something, or to rewrite it so it appeals to a wider audience?
I feel rewriting is harder in that you will have much burden trying to figure out your choice of words, but when you are writing an original article, you enjoy the freedom and rich unique dictions and creativities available. Does this help?
I find it much harder to recondition a piece of writing for a wider audience.
The original 'something' is a very personal exercise, often accomplished for the writer's pleasure. In re-writing for a wider audeience, market forces have to be considered, and this involves research into the nature of the market.
Re-writing tends to be harder for me as the initial enthusiasm for the subject has died down a bit. What I tend to do if I have the time is to start it fresh or at least re-write from a different angle or viewpoint as this can make it more of an interest rather than a chore.
Rewriting is harder, I think, but it's rewriting that makes for good writing. The first version is usually easier, but that's partly because we go about it with less thought about what it takes to make it good. It's always easier to just "spew" ideas rather than to really think about whether we've stated (and even censored) them well.
If your mind like liberty then it will be harder for you to rewrite as you will have to bound your mind to the ideas shared by the writer while you could invent and jot down your ideas in a better and quicker way.
And if you don't want to bother your brain much and want to write just to fulfill the requirement then rewriting will be an ease for you.
I find re-writing harder. If an editor isn't clear on what they want and then ask for a complete rewrite, I look at the project and see if it is worth my time. I just had this happen today. It wasn't worth my time for what they were paying, so I posted it elsewhere and released the project to someone else.
Actually, while I find rewriting irritating, boring, and completely and totally mind-numbing, it is easier in certain ways. The act of writing - which is exciting, fun, enriching, and filled with adventure - might feel more rewarding, but it IS hard work, attempting to communicate a thought coherently, when my brain is such a roiling and seething mass of illogical meanderings. Editing is merely the cleanup afterward. Necessary, but boring. the only really difficult thing about editing... is forcing yourself to do it.
It is harder for me to rewrite something, my original inspiration was unique and serving a different purpose does not work for me
Its like pulling up dried weeds from my garden whenever I have to do a re-write. I tend to go over and over and throw out some of the original stuff adding new flavor to what seemed to be alright in the first place, but when I re-write I realize it needed cleaning up for public viewing.
For me it is much harder to begin writing> Even when I am inspired and the ideas are flowing well, the writing will always be accompanied by a feeling of anxiety about the piece as a whole.
I believe that it is better to begin a piece of writing by not being too precious about the structure or the language.
Rewriting is when creativity begins. It is exciting. You have the bones of a sculpture and can enjoy the exciting process of making the form fit your idea. A beginning writer should consider at least five re-writes.
Re-writing is harder I have done it a few times but not much. I agree when i am inspired it is hard to turn that off and change my writing.
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