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Dear Story Nurse,
When doing a rewrite, adaptation, or fix fic, what are some things to keep in mind when deciding what to keep, what to change, and what to leave out?
I just started a fix fic project—I’m taking a story that’s fine in concept but weak in execution and treating it as a first draft that needs to be rewritten pretty substantially, but the characters and plot should stay more or less the same.
I’ve already planned a few changes:
- Introducing a supporting character before she becomes immediately relevant to the plot rather than having her show up out of nowhere to drive the action; giving her more development outside her relationship with the leads
- Taking a background character who piqued my interest but didn’t get much attention in the original and upgrading her to be a supporting character with her own story arc
- Eliminating a character whose only purpose is providing exposition
I think I’m on the right track with specifics for this project, but what are some things to keep in mind when approaching this kind of writing as a whole?
—Mr. Fixit (he/him)
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