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.
(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. 😛
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…
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.
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.
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.
But, seriously, there is good in your writing. And rereading it can help remind you of that. 😊
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Do you like to reread your writing?
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