This is what each chapter looks like when I start the revision process.
Eek. All I can see is what is wrong. What isn’t working. What was lazy writing.
I berate myself. I debate whether I suck at writing. And I get that completely-overwhelmed-by-the-task-ahead feeling.
That’s just during the first read through. Where I kill a red pen on my draft.
I’m on chapter 16 and I suddenly realize this happens with every chapter. LOL.
Suddenly, I see it as part of the process I’ve been going through these past six weeks.
Each chapter requires several rounds of edits before I’m satisfied.
Weirdly enough, the most important part may be the breaks between paper edits and typing edits to the draft.
The walk-away time seems to improve the edits exponentially. Because as I read, I identify problem areas, but I don’t always have a handle on what the problem is. Or a clue about how to fix it.
So while I’m practicing Chinese, drafting a blog post, or doing my chores, my mind keeps attacking it.
And then I come back to revise with all sorts of great ideas. And by the time I’m on my second or third run through the chapter, I’m almost impressed with myself.
I give myself a golf clap. Maybe I am a rockstar writer after all. Guess I was a little hard on myself.
But the seal of approval comes when my betas readers tell me what they loved and hated. What worked and didn’t. Then I know the chapter is good.
So I’m revising 30 or so pages a week. Which puts me on page 163 of 350 today. And gives me a self-esteem til-a-whirl ride 3 times a week (once for each chapter edited).
How do you revise your draft?