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Musings on an English Degree

Writing Dilemma

I mentioned the other day that I’m working on editing my senior thesis from college into a publishable book (more likely a novella, given the length). So far, I’ve taken care of the tedious work of importing it and formatting it nicely in Scrivener but I’m stuck at a standstill now.

My problem lies in where to go from here. I don’t know where to start editing and how to go about editing. I don’t have any writer friends to ask, sadly. I suppose there’s a guy at work who considers himself a writer but I have a feeling I’d disagree with his process. I know we’re far from being the same kind of writers.

I can’t decide if I should follow the structure that’s already in place and make minor edits in line or if I should use the structure in place as a outline and rewrite the whole thing from scratch. I doubt that makes a lot of sense, but that’s my dilemma.

Also, while I have my typewriter working, it’s far from perfect. I need to tinker with it a bunch to get it in its sweetspot. Becauee of this, I’m again learning that the internet is distracting.

If you can help me with any of my problems, I’d appreciate it.

3 thoughts on “Writing Dilemma

  1. I guess it depends on what your editing goal is, Danny. I like to look at the big picture first — structure/organization, ordering — before I go into line-by-line editing. But maybe that’s just me.

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