Regular readers know that I’m currently editing my wip using Holly Lisle’s One-Pass Manuscript Revision technique, and yeah, she warned that it would be hard. But just how hard, I had no idea.
I’m a tinkerer, I like to play with words, see how they look on the page, and navelgaze over it before moving to the next paragraph. The One-Pass method cuts the navelgazing to one, maybe two sessions. Then that’s it. The writer’s gotta move on. No going back, just forward.
It hurts, man. It hurts bad.
Holly’s point, and I get it, is you might as well experience the pain of revision once instead of in a continual cycle of edits. The point of writing books is to write as good a book as you can at this moment, and then get going on another book. Keep producing books, don’t keep rewriting the same book over and over.
My big fear, though, is writing one book, crappily. But I’m pressing onward. I’m two-thirds of the way through my edit, and I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to share: [Read more…]