One Draft, Two Drafts, Three Drafts, Four!
For the past month, I have been revising my next book of poetry. I am on Draft Four! (Capitalized in respect for the process of revision.) Writers who say they don't revise their work are selling more than their words in ink and paper. True, revision is the bane of a writer's life. Certainly, it is mine! BUT, without revisions, we don't give our readers the best of ourselves. For example, I was sure after the third revision that I was ready to rock and roll. However, when my editor opened the first page, there was a word that hit him square between the eyes. I had written the word "got" rather than "had" or "receive." So, back to the computer I go. That said, I hope to have my book up and ready for sale by September 18. This is my goal. Let's hope that the 4th Draft is the last. More to come as soon as we are up and ready to be viewed. Fingers crossed!