Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. This post is one I never thought I’d write because it involves an undertaking that I never saw myself doing. Revising published work.
“I hate writing, but I love having written.”Dorothy Parker
I can’t say I agree with Ms. Parker. I love writing. I also love when the finished product is published. There was a time when I disliked editing, but there’s something satisfying about taking that first draft and revising it once, twice, three times, or more. It’s gratifying to see your story evolve from a raw, sometimes convoluted mess, into a published “work of art.”
No matter how much I love a story, by the time it gets to the publication stage, I no longer want to look at it. Why? Because no matter how many times I edit, I always find something that I would have done differently or written better. But there comes a time when we must let something go.
Recently, I read an excerpt for my first full-length novel. I cringed after reading only a few short paragraphs. It was then I decided I would revise the first two books of my Driscoll Lake Series.
As writers, we should strive to improve with every publication. If we continually make the same mistakes with each new story or book, we’ll never grow. The more we write, the better we should get. That’s not to say a self-published author can’t go back and edit our older works.
There are several reasons why an author would want to revise. Here are a few.
- You’re considering publishing a series of books as a boxed set.
- You have a stand-alone novel that you’d like to turn into a series.
- You’re updating the book covers.
- You see flaws in your writing and want to make the books better.
- You don’t want a new reader to judge all your work on those early books.
Have you considered revising earlier works? What are some other reasons or benefits you can see to revisions? Please share in the comments.