This week here on Wordwranglers, Shawn Dalton-Smith wanted to discuss revisions--when is enough enough?
I don't know the answer. I'm not sure anyone does. I've heard many authors say they're never satisfied, and would keep revising endlessly.
I have the opposite problem. I hate revising. Hate, hate, hate it.
I have learned that I have to do it. It's vital for me because I like to spit out a rough draft, usually fairly quickly. I am the world's worst proofreader of my own work, too, so to go back to check for errors is of the utmost importance.
But even more important is to add, layer and polish. Somewhat like Christi said yesterday, I always add another layer in revisions. Usually in actions and internals. Things I bounce right by on the first go-round.
But I hate revisions.
I'm always dying to get to the next thing. I always hate going back over the same old story. But I must do it.
What about you? Do you like to revise? Or would you rather have your teeth pulled without drugs?