I’ve been doing a lot of revising lately and I have to say I care for it…at all! I’m not talking about the revising you do when you finish a draft, but a fresh look at old works. They say distance is a good thing and you should always wait a few weeks before starting revisions on a draft, but in this case, I wonder if distance is a hindrance. I know I’d just as soon write fresh. Doing so would certainly take less time.
I’ve waffled back and forth the best way to do revisions. One way is the just dig in. Read and start revising as you go. Another way is to read first and take notes. Yet another way is to read all the way through and then take notes on the second pass. All those methods are time consuming but I wonder if any of those ways lead to less second guessing?
For the most part, I’ve been digging in and revising as I read. Though admittedly I’ve had the benefit of having another set of eyes: my editor. That really helps. It keeps me from revising my revision and going in circles, which is easy to do. I guess the hardest part is making my old voice mesh with my new. I definitely write differently nowadays. Which, I think, is a good thing; I’ve learned a lot over the years. And let’s face it it’s nice to be able to visit old characters and fall in love all over again.
However, things are about to change. Now instead of adding in a few scenes here and there, I’m about to embark on a couple of projects, that will be a complete overhaul. So not only will it involve trying to marry my old voice with my current one, but it will involved adding subplots into the story and lengthening it. It’s more than a little daunting, but alas I will survive. I do think I’m going to try a different method of revision though. I am definitely going to do a read through with notes, before changing things, so wish me luck!