writing quote Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway quote

Revision is not for the faint of heart; it’s a nicer way of saying editing or rewriting.  There is so much work to be done when it comes to revision, and I like to think that it’s because as a writer, I’ve simply changed what I envision my completed project to be.  whoever said a second set of eyes sees what was good clearly was never a novice writer.

I find my best time for revision happens after I have someone else read my work so they can give me some constructive criticism. 

Using my own network of “editors” is a power tool.  Some people call them beta readers, but whatever your preferred term, they are there for me when I need them.   I know I am better with them. I can write a blog post very quickly, but I will still miss things until someone comes along to point out any mistakes.

I have found that having one person who is willing to say that they don’t understand something is more important than having me think it’s “right”.  Part of revision is working on grammar and spelling, but in the beginning I’ve found it’s more important to revise based on your view of how your project should turn out.  It’s one thing to have a grand final picture, but it’s another to want to build it from an imagine in your mind. As with anything, a helpful book can come in handy. 

Writing with a pen
Writing with pen and paper

Polished: The No-Tears, No-Screaming Approach to Editing Your Book FAST!  is that book for me. Editing or revision is tough enough so Polished was definitely a good read.  It’s about learning to fall down, but get back up and re-write.  This is something I’m learning about a writer’s life, there is always something that can be challenged and redone.

I have broken through a wall. For some reason, I can’t seem to get past a certain word count and I’ve learned to look to someone else and ask for help.  There is no shame in asking for help; there’s more of a problem when you don’t.  The more help you get, the better your writing will become.  

The more edits, or revisions, you do, the stronger your message is for your readers- and it is about your readers. It’s also a powerful tool in the world of writing and I can see why so many people use it.