Blog Oklahoma Podcast 018: Rewrite

What do you do when you don't like what you’ve written? Well you rewrite it.

So yesterday I started writing the script for this podcast, and I picked a current event topic to go over. But this morning when I reread it, I didn’t like it at all. The structure was way off, and the tone of it came across as a political rant. I really don’t want to do that here in the podcast. That’s something I would leave for my blog or posting on social media. So I attempted to rewrite it.

I started a new document, and used what I previously wrote as notes. But after a few hours writing, I found it still didn’t work.

Here it is 3 o'clock in the afternoon on the day I want to record this podcast and I don’t have a script. I’m usually setting up the equipment to record by now and publishing by 6.

So I’m scrambling to think up a new topic, and nothing is coming to mind. All I can think about it is, should I try to rewrite it again. Because if I can’t come up with something, there’s just no new podcast this week.

I’ve done that before, but it's usually because I had no time to write during the week or something came up. But this is different, I worked on the script this week. All week long I’ve jotted down ideas, I wrote bits of it here and there, and worked to put it all together yesterday afternoon. It was just on rereading it this morning that I found it wasn’t good.

Now I know I’m not the best writer out there, and I’ve put out some podcasts that were even below my own set of standards, but this was different. The topic I wanted to go over was important, is important. I just couldn’t put it in words that gave the proper weight or tone to it without being preachy or like I said a political rant. I can still do that, it is my podcast after all, and if I chose to go off on a rant I can. It just I don’t want this podcast to be that way. The Blog Oklahoma Podcast was designed to inform and try to encourage or inspire you to write and blog more, sort of. That’s the idea anyways.

So that brings us to today’s topic / question. What do you do when you don’t like what you’ve written? Do you just edit or reorganize what you’ve already written? Do you rewrite it using what you previously wrote as notes? Do you just start over with the same idea and try a different approach to it? Or do you just scrap it and start all over? It’s probably a combination of all of these. Let me know. How do you approach a rewrite? You can leave a comment on the show notes for this episode or you can get hold me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ at blogoklahoma. I would love to hear what you come up with.

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Podcast supplemental: The point of the topic I originally was going to go over today was to not give in to fear and hate. Certain political figures are encouraging their followers to segregate and disrespect an entire religious group by spreading fear, uncertainty, doubt, bigotry, and hate. These politicians are preying on people's weakness and fear of the other, just to get a vote. Please do not fall for this. Don’t hate, love.