Sometimes rewriting feels likes this...
Remember that feeling when you finish the first draft?
So much excitement as you type those two words.
It feels like this...
or maybe even like this...
But then the excitement wears off as you sit down to read what you just wrote. All those "I can tie this up later" moments that never happened. Now they have become "Ah ha!" moments. Or even "Oops" ones.
The work seems vast.
You roll up your sleeves and dive in. Again and again and again. By the fifth or sixth rewrite, you start to feel like that kitten on the turtle.
Doesn't this thing go any faster?
I think the more we rewrite, the more we refine our process and the quicker that little turtle moves. Or we realize we don't need the little turtle anymore.
As I dive back into Dark Forest again, I've been reading to get tips from others. To help refine my own process. Liz over at 8-Bit Words shared an AWESOME (sorry, no other poetic writery word for it) link and I want to be sure everyone sees it. I think it's very clever!
Revising by Color - and I'm not talking post-its like I usually do. This shows you how to do it on your computer with your MS. Amazing.
Nothing is ever a quick fix. This certainly won't be QUICK. But I think it can be thorough. I'm excited to try it!
What about you - any great revision tips? Are you riding that turtle?
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