howtobesplendid said: So, I'm writing the second issue of my comic book series, and I get to final stretch of the rough draft, when I suddenly realize that I could make the issue so much better if i re-wrote the last eight pages completely. Is there anything I can do it in the plotting process to prevent such backtracking?
I mean, sometimes if you planned it better certain aspects or problems or better ways of doing things will come more to the fore meaning there will be less rewriting… but that’s a maybe, and pretty much unprovable in practice. No matter how I’ve planned it, things in execution surprise me.
You can google up a million and one quotes which basically say “writing is rewriting.” That’s basically because it is. At least it is for a lot of writer’s experiences.
(For a contrary take, I think of Vonnegut’s Swooper vs Basher dichotomy, where he thinks there’s basically two kinds of writers. Swoopers just write-write-write and get the whole thing down, before reworking intensely. Bashers write a sentence at a time, and when each line is done, it’s done. Obv, an over-generalisation, but a neat one which seems applicable. I’m clearly a swooper, but I’ve known a few bashers in my time. I sort of view them like a Klingon views a Vulcan. They just don’t make any sense to me, which is kinda the point.)
To be honest, while the response to realising you have to do more work is always a “NO, MUM! I DON’T WANT TO TIDY MY BEDROOM!” you should be grateful of it. A little work now is one thing, but realising you could have done it better after it’s been drawn is a nagging thing that lasts forever.