The Benefits of Rereading Your Own Writing

For the longest time, I didn’t make it a habit to reread my own writing. I stayed away from rereading it, honestly. It was like my rule of never editing while writing (a myth I’ve debunked in recent months – check that post out here!): I never so much as considered breaking it.

Until I did by accident.

And it turns out… there are a lot of benefits to rereading your own writing.

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(Shocker, I know)

Let’s take a look at what I discovered.

I only began to actually reread my own writing during grade 11. I would read through my writing about once a week to find some snippets to share with my writing buddy.

When You Read it Outside of Your Writing Time

You See What A Great Writer You Are!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m always surprised whenever I read something I write and find it to be actually… kind of good?? Like, who wrote this? Certainly not me. πŸ˜›

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But it can be pretty cool to see that you wrote something that you actually like. A lot of the time, while looking for snippets to share with my writing buddy, I would search in places I remembered being more interesting or funny. This led me to reading something that was pretty good.

And that can be both encouraging and inspiring.

Finding Little Nuggets of Your Own Genius

Seriously. Sometimes, you’re rereading something you wrote, and you discover something pretty great. Like, you managed to foreshadow that thing you’re planning right there? Awesome. Or, that line of dialogue right there? Hilarious.

Don’t doubt yourself or your writing; those nuggets are in your writing, I promise.

When You Read it While You’re Writing

Saying that you’re reading something while you’re writing is stretching what I mean a little bit. I wouldn’t recommend stopping in the middle of writing just to read something. But, if you’re about to begin, and you start reading what you last wrote…

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It Puts Your Mind Back into the Story

It’s so much easier to remember where you were and what was going on when you simply just read the last few paragraphs you were writing! Total lifesaver.

You Get into the Flow

Sometimes, when you come back to your writing when you had left off in the middle of a scene, the transition between your writing sessions can be very jolting – and it shows in your writing.

By rereading what you last wrote, it’s much easier to get back into the flow of the scene, and make it sounds a lot more cohesive.

Finally:

Either way, whenever and wherever you reread it…

Rereading your own writing is inspiring.

It inspires you to write that next scene. To charge into battle against writers block. And to get your amazing story out into the world.

Don’t forget to save this post for later!

A lot of the time, I know that we writers like to make fun of our own writing, accuse ourselves of how terrible it is.

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But, seriously, there is good in your writing. And rereading it can help remind you of that. 😊


If you enjoyed this post, you might also like:

5 Reasons Why You Need A Writing Buddy

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Do you like to reread your writing?

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15 thoughts on “The Benefits of Rereading Your Own Writing

  1. Great post Julia! I like reading my writing and finding places that make me laugh at my characters antics. XD (Also, hi!!! I can’t believe how far behind I am on the blogs I follow… Hopefully I can catch up quickly. XD)

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    1. Thanks, Jen! πŸ˜„ Yes, for sure! It’s so much to do a read-through of the entire draft and find those moments that are just pure gold πŸ˜‚ (Hiiii! That’s fine; I’m pretty behind on some as well πŸ˜… I hope you enjoy the posts! 😊)

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  2. Rereading your writing is so important! I’ve often found that for me, it’s best if I write on one day and reread it on another day. Very helpful when writing posts or essays for schools! My mind feels so much clearer on another day and I can give my writing an objective critique.

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    1. For sure! Oooooh, that’s a great idea! Between finishing the first draft of a book and then reading it again, I tend to wait for months just so I can gain some objectivity (and emotional distance… I get way too invested and attached to everything in the whole book πŸ˜‚) so I can see how waiting even just a few days between writing a scene and reading it could be of help πŸ˜ƒ Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Yes!! I sometimes reread something and have a moment of… wait, that was actually kind of good? 🀨 (The BEST moment is when you burst out laughing at something in your writing. I don’t often laugh out loud at books – I seem to stick more to snickering at the sass πŸ˜† – but I actually had a moment yesterday where I just started laughing at a line in my manuscript πŸ˜‚ It was epic haha)

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  3. GREAT POST!!!! Man, I think it’s been a while since I’ve commented on here. Well, I’m BACK!!!! *pumps fist in the air* I’ve also been recently discovering the SUPER GREAT things that comes with rereading your writing!!! Mind-blown!! XD YESS I LOVE THE LAST GIF SOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜† It was HILARIOUS!!!! AWESOME POST!!! How’s things been going around with your writing??

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    1. Thank you!! πŸ˜„ Awesome! *pumps fist as well* Yeah, I love doing it to find snippets – which everyone saw me doing a bunch during NaNoWriMo. πŸ˜† YES I KNOW RIGHT?! I’ve been waiting for the *perfect* moment to use it… 😏 Thank you! πŸ˜„ Pretty good! I told my email list about this, but I finished up my first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel at the beginning of January. I took to rest of the month to do some research on rewriting, as well as just take a general break (aka use all my time on school instead πŸ˜› Yay finals.). I’ve begun working on revising an old story of mine that I wrote last year, so hopefully I’ll be doing some posts on the revision process soon based on what I find out from being in the trenches. πŸ˜‰ And how about you? How’s your own writing going? πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. *facepalm* Oh, yes, I remember reading about you finishing your first draft in the newsletter. WAY TO GO on completing it!!!!!! *throws out party streamers and passes around cake and cookies* That’s SUPER AWESOME!!!!!!! YOU GO, GURL!!!!!! Weeell, in about a month and a week if the Lord willing and all I’ll FINALLY be able to say I’m a published author!!!!!! A short story I wrote is getting published in a teen anthology. *jumps up and down* I finished the second draft of Into the Lamp and have been doing some minor editing for it. AND I started a new novel about a few weeks ago and am halfway into it!! Phew!! *wipes forehead* Things have been really crazy for me. XD

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        1. That’s totally fine; I forget a lot of stuff all the time πŸ˜› Thank you so much!! πŸ˜„ *eats a cookie* I’m not sure how well the whole book is, but hey, that’s what revising is for, amiright? 😜 WAAAAAAAHT? 😱 No way!! CONGRATULATIONS! πŸŽ‰ *hands you a cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant* (literally, I gasped when I read your comment, though πŸ˜‚) Nice! πŸ˜ƒ Wow, halfway? 😱 Good job!

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          1. YES!!! This is EXACTLY what revising is for!!!!!!!! You’re doing super great!!!!! Aww, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH, girl!!!!!!! *happily takes the free food* (LOL!!!! When I found out my story had been accepted I was too stunned to literally say anything!!!! XD) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOUUUU!!!!!!!!!! <33

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