Revision is both exhausting and exhaustive.
I’d never embarked on a full revision before. I’ve reread old works, making a few tweaks along the way, but nothing to this extent. With my current project, I’ve gone through sentence by sentence, word by word, teasing out the perfect way to say each line. This seems to be taking, as one might imagine, forever.
There’s so much to keep track of. Do the characters’ personalities stay consistent, or do they have a good reason to change? Plot threads – do they run all the way through, pop up too late, or never resolve themselves? Am I using too many ‘was’s, or too few ‘said’s? Did Myra die one or two years ago? It’s enough to drive a girl insane.
Have any of you gone through an entire revision process? How long did it take? How did you survive? Feel free to comment.