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It takes all kinds to make this world. If everyone liked the same things and hated similar flavors, then where’s the fun? Right?

Until recently I thought that all writers felt the same way towards first drafts and revisions. That is, until I came across an article – titled Dueling with Words – by author Lisa Shearin in the June issue of ‘Writer’.

She says that she invariably prefers revisions to first drafts. So much so that she’s afflicted by a raging case of “First Draftitis” not long after she starts writing a new book.

            While most writers love the discovery aspect of the first draft, let’s just say that it’s not my favorite part of the process. I just want to get the story down as close to how I want it as possible, and then the fun part starts for me.

I was flabbergasted. Really?

In all my naiveté, I’d assumed that everyone loves penning down their thoughts uninterrupted and without being judged (even by self) and coming up with the first draft of their manuscript. And then came the more difficult task of revising.

I’m not saying that the process of revising is hateful in any way; it’s just that, in my experience so far, I’ve found it to be more taxing that shaping the first draft of my novel.  

At this juncture of my writing journey, this is what first draft means to me:

A brick wall I have to scale

 

Revision is something more like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your poison?

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As a writer, what causes you to come to the realization that another revision to your finished (or so you thought) manuscript is inevitable?

Is it during a cosmic, enlightening moment that you discover the need to venture on yet another cycle of revisions?

Probably not! Most usually it is as simple as:

You’re crossing the road, minding your business. Suddenly, the wind shifts slightly (that only you can perceive), and boom, you feel a revision coming on – a revision that will suck you inside a deep hole and deposit you in a world full of variables and new experiences. You will end up feeling somewhat akin to how Alice must have felt when she found herself, not entirely by her own volition, in Wonderland.

Okay, so I exaggerate … but you get my point?

 

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