Making Friends with Revision

by Darian Smith Of all the inhabitants of the literary schoolyard, Revision is the writer’s best frenemy. When you finally type “the end” and lean back in your chair, relishing the rush of accomplishment that comes from a finished story, it’s Revision who smiles smugly and says: “That’s really good. Now we have to fix it.” And while you know that’s absolutely true, and that revising and rewriting will help turn your words into something beautiful and – ideally – sellable, there is a moment, when Revision first appears to…

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