We writers have heard it so many times, "Writing is rewriting." And it is. My literary novel, Purple Loosestrife, is finished. At this moment, it has twenty-two chapters and a beginning, middle, and end. I have written it. There. But since writing is rewriting, I've been working on it like crazy lately. There are a few larger changes that I want to make to a few chapters, then there are smaller edits, and tweaking, and proofing--all the stuff that makes up "rewriting".
I let the novel sit for a time so that I could come back to it and see it with fresh eyes. I believe this is always a good idea with any piece of writing. Even with my flash fiction, I set it aside for at least a few days so that when I look at it again, I might see things I didn't see before--not just errors, but good things, bad things, things I want to enhance, things I want to downplay... whatever the case may be.
So I came back to my novel a couple of months ago with fresh eyes, and I'm now fixing what needs to be fixed and polishing what needs to be polished. I'm preparing Purple Loosestrife for 2013 when I will begin sending it out to agents. This is my goal. I hope to be getting it out there by March at the latest. Until then, I will continue my rewriting process. I really do love it. If I didn't, I wouldn't be a writer. There's nothing quite like printing out a freshly edited and proofed chapter and putting it in my big green binder, which is where I keep the hard copy of my book. The big green binder that's full of all my hard work!
- Emily Glossner Johnson
- Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!