Revision is very difficult for most writers. It can be tedious and boring. Today, I will
reflect on how to make the process much more enjoyable.
First, make sure that you know how to revise the particular manuscript that you
are revising. If you are revising a picture book manuscript, make sure that you
know what to do to make the manuscript better.
Second, once you know how to revise the manuscript, you can relax and enjoy
the process. You can do this by, first, taking your time. Don’t rush and don’t feel
that you have to get a manuscript out. If at all possible, try to ease into the
Third, don’t count the number of redrafts that will be needed before you have a
polished manuscript. Just redraft the manuscript until it is so polished that you are
proud of it. Even for expert authors this takes a very, very long time.
Fourth, your self-esteem as a writer shouldn’t depend on the number of redrafts
of your manuscripts. Instead, feel good about every step of your revision. Every
time you redraft a piece, your self-esteem as a writer should get stronger and not
Fifth, revision isn’t a waste of time as it may first seem. It is a learning process
and as you revise you learn how to be an improved writer. So, revision can
help you master the skill of writing in whatever genre you are writing.
Over the last few weeks, I have come to view revision in a brand new way. I
have started viewing the redrafting process as a cleansing process of sorts that is
very much like reorganizing a drawer or a room after things have been thrown on a
desk or bed. The purpose of this process is to make sure that things that are
supposed to be in a drawer, for instance, are there and things that aren’t supposed
to be there and are cluttering a drawer can be gotten rid of. I find this image really
So fellow writers, try to work on enjoying the revision process. Most of our job as
writers will focus on revision. We may as well come to terms with it and love the process.
When you start loving the process, you will start growing as a writer every time
you revise a manuscript.