A few weeks ago, an awesome writing buddy sent me this link:
I laughed, and thought there's no way (before I read it). My previous editing sessions went something like this:
Finish first draft of my manuscript. Dance. Sing. (Of course, I do these alone for fear of being committed to an offshore institution.) Then I call up or e-mail my writing buddies and share the glee.
After which, I come back to earth and start the months or year-long process of revision that goes something like this:
First edit, focus on plot. Look for a theme.
Second edit, strengthen the characters and setting. Strengthen theme as needed.
Edit number three, work on pacing and smoothness. Take out unnecessary scenes and make sure everything works.
Edit four, do the fine, picky line-editing stuff.
Edit five, do a final go-over.
So, yes, when I saw that the link said ONE pass revision, I laughed. No way.
But I read the article anyway.
I can see the possibilities. Yeah. Really. And this is timely, because I have a freshly baked first draft sitting right here. The thought of having it done in two weeks or even a month is rather tantalizing.
Soooo, a question or two (okay, three):
Do you think it’s humanly possible to revise an entire manuscript, or am I dreaming?
How do you revise?
And what do you think of Holly Lisle’s article?