When writing a story and you decide to alter the plot some, and your half-way through..

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Post by Guest »

Would you go back and restart with the changes you have in mind, or finish the story first, inlcuding the changes you plan for it, then go back and make needed changes during the editing part?

Post by Pamela »

I would make minor changes in the existing draft. Often a few words will complete shift the meaning.

Anything major, I would finish the first draft and fix in draft 2. Alternatively, I would stop draft 1 at that point, save it as a new draft, and begin draft 2. It really depends on where I am in the story and how much has to change.

Post by Waltraud »

I would save the file with a new name, then redo the first part and then decide whether this is the way to go. If yes, I would continue writing the "new" plot.

Post by William »

But if you’re not as experienced as Paul – just finish it and go back and rewrite.

Post by Paul »

Story changes happen in outline to prevent this type of junction.
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