A question for everyone out there in the land of the Blog, and it doesn't matter how you pursue your craft, be it for fun or profit.
What's harder for you to do: Writing fresh material or taking a previously written story and re-writing to make it more viable?
I'm of the opinion that it's much harder to take an old story, gut it, and re-write it into something more smoother, more coherent and more meatier.
I have a short story, which I posted here previously, that I'm in the process of gutting and re-writing, in order to make it more viable piece of prose. Right now I'm fleshing it out so as to create a chapbook, then I'll be taking that fleshed out story and use it as an outline for a book.
I'm finding it's a tortuously slow process trying to properly incorporate the current story with new writing.
On the other hand, writing fresh new stuff, I believe, is a bit easier to do. You're not working with any old writing, just with the basic idea concept.
For example: with the book version of this story, the basic idea was the wedding, reception and traveling to the honeymoon destination (in my eyes it was easily executed, simply because the the original story starts at the honeymoon motel). Even though it took me about six months to write (due to other commitments at the time of creation), it was relatively easy to bang out. Right now, the book is at a standstill, because I've written up to where the short story starts out.
In essence, I believe it's harder to re-write than to just write.
What's your take on this?