Let's talk "revision," my most frequent blog label, right after my kids, and even more frequent than "writing" itself.
How do you revise?
I was thinking about the word "revision" this morning (at 3). There's the "re" prefix, meaning "come back to" and the root, the great word "vision."
"Revision" is a change in the way we writers see things. It goes beyond substituting vocabulary or restructuring sentences, to whole new elements of plot, premise, theme.
Carolrhoda Lab editor Andrew Karre told me that he most admires "fearless revisions."
I've found that the more fearlessly I change the way I see my writing, the stronger it becomes.
It's not always easy. Sometimes I'm really married to stuff I have to throw out or re-do.
But it's always, always made the work richer and deeper.
What do you think about when you think about revising?
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