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Review, Rework, Revise, Rewrite

Review, Rework, Revise, Rewrite

I have spent a total of an hour and half on my big plan to revise Blue Loco. Woo-woo. The colored pencils suck for a person with bad handwriting; the chapter tabs are great; and the novel is both better and worse than I remembered.

So far, this process has not been very good for me. What happened to my enthusiasm?

Well, I’ll say one thing about that: I think it would be better for me to write and revise all in one connected period, then edit after the material has cooled for a while. No more writing and then waiting two years to revise. It’s hard to work on the novel when I feel I’m above it, on a higher plane.

I do think that writing is the only way to get better at writing. We’ll see what revising has to offer.


  1. So, you posted this about a week ago, right? How's it going?

    Revision: "Re Vision." See again. Look again?

    How does BLUE LOCO look different to your 2010 eyes?

    Inquiring minds (or just busybodies) wanna know.

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