Working on revisions right now. I’m enjoying it, because the book I’m working on wasn’t exactly the one I wanted to write. Now it’s closer, and getting closer by the chapter. This set of revisions i actually pretty intensive, I just took a chapter that was 700 words and extended it to 1600, while deleting most of what I had.
I’m so torn on rewriting. On the one hand I totally get how it can kill creativity, and how you can end up in rewrite paralysis, trying to find the perfect turn of phrase, the perfect word, but I also feel like sometimes I go back and I can see that this wasn’t really the piece I wanted to write, and that I can rewrite it so that my basic idea is now reflected.
I wrote a short story that was only about 4100 words, and changed it radically. The original was just terrible, and after the rewrite I loved it. In the original the story takes place in a number of places, and in the rewrite it’s all in a single hotel room, over a number of nights. I’ve had similar things with my novel. Characters that didn’t work as originally written that become quite good on revision. Of course typos and stuff like that are a give, but this is deeper, this is about the story I’m writing being the story I wanted to write. I think there’s a middle ground. The workshop writers and literary types go too far with rewriting, but the guys like Dean Wesley Smith don’t go far enough.
Of course Heinlein agreed with Smith, not me…