The Rewritten Word: How to Sculpt Literary Art No Matter The Genre: Author: Aggie Villanueva

The Rewritten Word: How to Sculpt Literary Art No Matter The Genre:

Author: Aggie Villanueva



You wrote a poem, short story and novel and think you are ready to get it published. YOU ARE NOT! All of your thoughts are on paper or typed and your next step is to send it off to get published to many publishers hoping they will take your great masterpiece and turn it into a five star novel or number one bestseller. Think again. The novel or the story might be done, but your work has just started. Did you ever hear of the word REWRITE? Author Aggie Villanueva’s new 60 page guide will help you overcome your fear of the dreaded word: REWRITE!


The Rewritten Word: How to Sculpt Literary Art No Matter the Genre teaches the writer how to be concise, clear, organized and comprehendible. Just how this is accomplished is really quite simple if you follow the outstanding lessons and examples in this book.


Make sure that everything written is relevant to the topic presented in your article. Be clear and concise and don’t ramble. Get rid of any unnecessary words, phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs if necessary. There is nothing as boring as a speaker that drones on and on in order to hear himself/herself speak longer than necessary. Keep to the point and be concise. Clarity is crucial. Reader comprehension is your goal. Clarity and conciseness with sentences that are organized and arranged creating the most “logical flow that also packs the most punch.” The author quotes author Phillip Yaffe : For your text be truly concise: Make sure it is as long as necessary and as short as possible. Do not be wordy, verbose and say too much, which detracts from the text and eliminate any paragraphs that without losing meaning.


But, you are far from done. What happens when a speaker uses ten words to express an idea when one would suffice? What happens when a writer describes a character or an object using 10 adjectives and 15 verbs when two would be enough? The reader becomes confused, bored and the work is not easily understood. Take that delete button on your computer and get to work using it eliminating run on sentences, phrases that ramble and on. Sentences need to be clear, concise and short.


In Lesson Three the author discusses the one thing I find the most difficult when writing dialogue, articles and short stories. Using the present instead of the past tense. Many writers, such as myself, start out in the present tense and revert to the past without even knowing it. Grammar checker is often useless. It tells you that the passive tense has been used but does not instruct the writer on how to correct this. As Ms. Villanueva states the only way to find these phrases is to find them yourself. Examples of this are in this chapter and you can read and learn from them yourself.


Lessons Four and Five are crucial to fiction writers. Take your article or short story and grab that red pen and circle words that are not to the point. Underline words that   need to be replaced with stronger ones using a thesaurus to find the perfect one. Read the examples in Chapter Four to learn how the author used the thesaurus when rewriting parts of her outstanding novel, “Rightfully Mine,” which I had the honor or reviewing. Finally, applying everything to fiction related writing. Dialogue, plotting and characterization rewrites are the hardest for this author. Using the examples noted in this resource, from the first draft until the final one, you could see the process the author uses to create the perfect paragraph expressing what she wants to say.

Finally, editors are invaluable. Never challenge their edits. Ask why they made changes to a paragraph, deleted words. Novels, stories, articles and even simple notes are never completed after just one draft. It takes several rewrites to create a worthy manuscript. Writing can always be improved so don’t hesitate to use this outstanding resource to get you on the road to rewriting and creating better work. I did when writing this review. My delete button was in total control to get rid of the unnecessary words, sentences and phrases. I hope this review is clear, concise and as long as necessary and as short as possible. Don’t be afraid to rewrite. The difference between a great manuscript and a rejected one is just many rewrites away.



I have to admit something: This is my fifth draft of this review following all five lessons taught by this outstanding author in this great 60 page book.


Fran Lewis: Reviewer




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