I am finding the rewriting process difficult somedays, and hard on others. I have this story that I'm dying to tell, a good story. But I also want the story to be the best it can be. So during these rewriting times I am trying to remain open to the ways of the plot. I need to let it flow and not force it just because I wrote it that way. Truly, this story has a life of its own. It lives and breathes without me.
To help with the second draft, I had been picking up editing tips off the web, out of magazines, off subway walls, and by reading books. However, lately I've found another well of knowledge. I been getting a lot of my move the story along advice while walking on the treadmill. I have been listening to the commentary for the Star Wars films.
George Lucas is wonderful. In the commentary he explains many of the plot changes that took place as this epic story unfolded. Instead of one death star they ended up with two. Instead of Wookies being the creatures sixth episode he introduced Ewoks. He goes on to explain that you have to be open to these changes to tell a really great story. I guess you have to let go and use the force.
Thank you, Mr. Lucas. I'll be your writing padawan any day.