“In the most aesthetically expansive sense, revision is the opportunity we give ourselves in our writing to ‘see it all again,’ more fully, richly, deeply.”
—DAVID MICHAEL KAPLAN
Many writers resist revision because it feels hard, they don’t know where to start, or it touches that nerve in them that says, “If I didn’t do it right the first time, I must not be any good at it.” Learning to treat your writing as a practice may be a new way of approaching your craft altogether. If you’ve been conditioned by the Myth of Overnight Success or you’re suffering a bout of perfectionism, you may struggle with the belief that revising means that you have failed or didn’t do it well enough the first time.
You have not failed. If ...