First the Pros. I love getting into revisions and rewrites because:
- They always result in a much smoother piece of literature.
- Critique partners offer enormous insight and I want to incorporate many of their suggestions to make the story come alive.
- Lost or dropped threads need a second, third, or fourth chance at getting found and being carried throughout the novel.
- The only way I ever come close to writing concisely is by axing in the revision and rewrite stage.
- Important layers that I never thought to put in initially shine bright in the revision stage.
- Scene transitioning gets a nice finishing polish.
- And, characterization and setting details get fine tuned and overhauled to perfection here.
Those are my top reasons for loving the revision and rewrite stage. Are yours similar, or different? Please, do tell. What do you concentrate on during the revision stage of writing? Do you revise in layers, or are you more the salad-bowl type, mix in a multitude of upgrades all at once?
On Wednesday, we'll take a look at the hate side. Hint: When an overwhelming destructive feeling attacks every ounce of your confidence and drive, how do you overcome it and write on?
Surrendering to Him,
P.S. My laptop is back from the doctor, all fixed, and my data unaffected. Just cost me a little stress and a cheque I hadn't budgeted for. Praise God for small mercies!