The task of the first draft is fun as the new idea comes blasting out of your imagination.  Cruising through a page, maybe two, your resolve starts to waver.  But you keep on as the surge becomes a trickle.  Wow three pages in a night.  A couple more of these nights and you’ll have a book.  What an accomplishment but, not so fast, because it’s time to edit.  I have spent my moments revising instead of writing these past few days and it’s a challenge to fix your own work or even someone else’s work. Providing comments and alternatives is the easy part here.  It’s choosing which path to alter  that allow for a critical yet clear mind.   It takes some time to settle in to revising, more so than writing for me, but once you are in it, it is consuming.  Now back to the manuscript…..


  1. April 5, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    When I was first starting out, I was all about the inspiration. Revision was very difficult because I couldn’t imagine the story other than how I wrote it. Over a period of time, that changed. I now prefer revising to drafting because shaping and re-envisioning the raw materials of a draft is both challenging and fun.

    • Bible Bill
      April 8, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      I think that is where I’ve landed. I like revising and editing because it polishing what you have and turning a half baked idea into a finished product.

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