by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
Revision. Some writers cringe at the word.
As for me, I love the revision process. Not a blank page anymore, the story is there. I already wrote it. I just need to take the characters I created and make them more believable (and once in a while, eliminate one of them). I scrutinize my plot and work to strengthen it. I question Voice. Does it ring true? Have I kept it consistent? I rethink each chapter and every single word. I add here and delete there. I take what I have, see it more clearly, and change what needs to be changed. And when I see it evolve and improve, I rejoice!
Ah, yes! I welcome Revision, that chance to make things better. When that process is finished for the final time (and often there are countless revisions), I have to go back to that blank page and begin the next story.