An idea for a novel pops into your head.

You write the opening scene – the adolescent protagonist sitting in class on the last day of school, awaiting his death at the hands of the town bully, perhaps. Draft #1 is a good start, but relies too much on exposition and lacks a sense of pace. So in Draft #2, you cut straight to the action. It's better still, but warrants a third attempt to make the action more rich with detail. In Draft #3, you're like "It's getting there, but damn, I've rewritten this thing so many times. Even Frankenstein's monster eventually stops being a marvel."

JK felt this way about writing Harry's first encounter with the Dementors, right? SK surely tired of writing descriptions of the lobstrosities Roland encounters on the beach en route to building his ka-tet?

But the thing is, you believe in the story. More than anything in the world, this is something you believe in. And rewriting it – well, you'll do anything it takes to get the damn thing published. Even though you experience self-doubt, you have enough self-confidence that you'll stop at nothing until you make it, and you have the fuel (hopefully) to write 1,000 drafts, if needed.

My question is this: what do you do when something stops feeling new? When you've rewritten it so many times that you begin to get bored by it, and wonder if your readers' experience will be the same?

Any wisdom is much appreciated!

Source: reddit post


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