An interesting question popped up on Miss Snark’s blog today: (basically) How do you revise? Do you revise right away or let it sit?
It got me thinking…
I revise in various ways:
1)sometimes as I’m writing the rough draft (a very slow writing method);
2) the following day, while reading over the previous few paragraphs or chapter to get a running start on new words;
3) when I’m finished with the entire rough draft for consistencies of voice, etc;
4) after going through comments from a few beta readers or critique group; and
5) right before I click “send” for an agent/editor submission. If it’s rejected, the story can sit years before I look at it again, then — BAM — it’s like I’m my own beta reader.
So? What about you? (Or are you like a best-selling author I know who says, “Only revise when your editor tells you to”?)