I've been working for the past week on revising a story. I used to revise with the old manuscript close by so that I could refer to it as I went. This time, I started the story again and didn't look at the old ms at all. What it allowed me to do was tell the story from the place I am now, rather than where I was when I first wrote it four or five months ago. I'm almost finished with it--I wrote about a thousand words today--and then I'll put it away for a bit before I begin my line by line revisions.
How do you revise? Do you start all over or do you stick to the original?
"Everything, especially the first draft. I don't mind revision. Revision is when it really happens. That's when you can bring artistry to bear on it and be crafty and smart. But, first drafts, it's like sandblasting with my forehead. I never do it for more than a couple of hours a day. And revising I can do all day."---Richard Bausch
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- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.