After many months of trying to rewrite an old NaNo-novel, and not getting past the first chapter, I’ve had to face the truth; I’m not a rewriter. I only realised this after an author confessed the same thing on the NaNoWriMo-forums, that they only ever edited without rewriting completely because the story only ever felt fresh once.
It’s a novel idea to me, the idea that some writers just can’t rewrite. But it’s no different from the variety in pantsers to plotters, chronological writers to jumpers, and all the other types of writers out there. It’s just taken me a long while to get to grips with what kind of writer I am. And of course that’s the key to being a good writer; lots of practice, making mistakes, figuring out what works for you. Only if you’ve done all of that, can you start to think about getting your stuff out there (and getting people to read/buy/value it, which is even more important since you can nowadays publish any ol’ stuff).
With my new perspective in mind, I’ve taken my last draft, recopied it into my Scrivener file and only deleted the old beginning to make way for the new, more action-packed one. Next up I need to figure out the best places to add in the alternative POV sections, and start writing those. Lots still to do, but at least there is some progress being made, at last. And thus, I keep learning forever more.