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The Joys of Re-Vision
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Louise Marley
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Re-vision.  What a great word!  Without digging into the etymology, it seems perfect for what happens when a writer takes a fresh look at an already-created work. 

I set aside the last week of April to revise a novel before sending it to market.  I think I've happened on the perfect way to re-vision a book:  Cover the entire thing in just a few days, with no distractions, no other projects, and no demands.  (The demands are there, of course, but they're second on the priority list.)  The great thing about doing it all in a few days is that the whole novel--the text, the structure, the plot, and the voice--were at the forefront of my mind.   I could, in a real way, "re-vision" the complete book.

Of course, as my students often tell me, not everyone loves the process of rewriting.  It can be daunting, I suppose--all those words to be re-read, re-examined, re-written!  It's my favorite part, though. The heavy lifting--the plot--is done, and I can play with rhythm and word choice and dialogue and character.  Sometimes, indeed, often, I find that a theme can be reinforced or a point made with a bit more drama.  This is my idea of a good time!

Now it's done.  416 pages, 117,000 words, a book.  And instead of feeling tired out or empty, the way I often do after first drafts, I'm brimming with new ideas.   On to the next one! 

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I agree, Louise

I love rewriting and re-vision. Luxuriate in it.