How do you handle revisions? Do you revise as you're writing, or do you wait until you've gone through beta readers and crit partners to revise? How soon after you finish do you begin your revisions?
This question is so timely! I've always been one to revise chapter by chapter as I write. Last year, I went to several conferences where I heard time and again professional authors telling the crowds before them, "Do not revise while you write. Just keep plugging forward and revise when you finish."
All right, I thought. I'll give it a go. After all, how can so many authors be wrong?
So I sat down and wrote. Lo and behold, a month later I had a finished novel. Sounds good, right?
What I had was a mess. Which, I know is to be expected after only a month. But what I discovered is, I don't revise well with a novel in that bad of shape. In fact, it took me over a year - A YEAR - to get it to the point where I felt comfortable just showing it to my crit buddies.
This was just another case of what works well for one writer may not work for another. I discovered, that I write faster and stay motivated if, after writing a chapter, I go back and revise, send it to my crit buddies, and plug forward. That way I don't get discouraged, forget plot points, loose motivations, and stray from my story arc.
But again, this method might not work for you. How about it? How do you revise?
Check out the always astounding Abby who posted before me and the really rad Rebecca who will post tommorow.