Getting ready for revision…again.

I’ll tell you the truth. There are parts of the writing process that I enjoy and parts I wish I could just skip. I often enjoy the first draft of anything. I securely put my internal editor behind bars, and for a month or so, I write the story as it occurs to me. I most enjoy the beginning and the ending of this process.

Then there is revision. I might enjoy the first rereading of the story where I acquaint myself again with the characters and the story and might even be surprised at some of the good things I find. But I inevitably find that the language is also repetitive, the characters lack depth or backstory, or the dialogue is shallow. That’s why I’m revising in the first place, right? Because a first draft if anything is going to be an ugly business.

It is the second through the fourth revision that is the most painful. During those times I am making major adjustments. I fix story arcs, and reshape characters. I see the flaws in all their splendor and I do the hard work of making large story-wide decisions. This part feels like work, and it’s slow going.

When I get to the fourth or fifth draft I realize that this story I’ve created is something worth telling, something worth reading. And that’s when it gets good again. Then the last couple of drafts again, where I am mostly looking for mistakes and repetitive language is painful again because I have carried this child for months and just want to give birth to the kid and get it over with.

Well, here I am at the start of the second revision and I feel morning sickness upon me. Let’s get to work.

About Aaron K. Redshaw

Aaron's goal for writing is to create believable characters in fantasy or science fiction worlds that do not leave out the element of faith in a personal and loving God. He is an English teacher at a large public high school, the senior co-pastor of New Hope Church in Scotts Valley, CA (newhopesv.org), and a father and husband in a wonderful family which he hopes to someday patent.
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