I’m a compulsive reviser, which I didn’t know was a word until I just typed it and my spellchecker left it alone. Huh.
But anyway, I will take 30 passes at a short story, revising and refining until I have every word exactly where I want it. And then I’ll take a 31st pass and move more stuff around. I know what you are thinking: Baker doesn’t write outlines, so no wonder he has to keep fixing his mess.
[That was for you, Janna G. Noelle]
Beyond draft two, I’m not deconstructing and rebuilding plots and events anymore, just trimming and adding words. Line by line I go, forever finding one more little thing to tweak, never knowing when I’m done. Come to think of it, I haven’t finished a damn story yet.
So how do you know when to stop revising? And by “you” I mean You, the person reading this post. Are you a one-and-done purist, or a never-done perfectionist? How do you know when it’s time to hit save, sit back, and enjoy a nice, hot cup o’ Joe?