Rewriting Sentences is Cool

Get each sentence in the right order and make sure each word is the perfect word. It's not that hard, but has to be done carefully.

Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." He was a heck of a writer and was sure right about that!

So, in a nutshell:

1.) Get your outline right.

2.) Write a first draft.

3.) Change the big stuff.

4.) Fix the little details.

5.) Go over it again to make sure every word is perfect.

6.) Play baseball!

Your teacher can give you great ideas on all these things, btw.  Teachers love to help.


Toby loves writing in his diary. It's a secret vault for his dreams, ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

"Here're some thoughts that I've been thinking in my head about how to write stuff." 

Toby would never write a sentence that crummy! How about this: "How to Write." Same idea, but fewer words. That's what I like to do with my writing. 


How to Write, Sorta

Writing is difficult, but it's amazingly satisfying. Especially when you take the time to do it well. Writing doesn't need to be impossible. Or scary. You can always fix it! Just cause what you wrote the first time is awful doesn't mean what you turn in has to be awful.

This means you have to start writing early, not the night before it's due!

Outlines are a pain!

You can't imagine how much I dislike writing outlines. I like telling the story and writing fun dialogue. Outlines are HARD but they're necessary because, if you get the outline parts in perfect order… when you start the actual writing, you'll spend a lot less time rewriting because you took the time to get the outline correct.

You'll finish way sooner and can go play baseball before it gets dark!

After you write the thing... you rewrite it.

Worry about the big stuff first, not the sentences. If you have whole sections that need to go, get rid of them. Got a paragraph that needs cutting? Lose it. Rearrange the big pieces. If you have holes, fill them.

When the giant puzzle parts have been placed and your story and characters work, go in and massage the sentences. I love to write a sentence that feels perfect. It's hard to do, but, when you've done it, it's unbelievably satisfying.

Toby's Writing Secret Hideout