Revising: Your printed out draft is covered in red ink.
Rewriting: You didn’t even bother printing it out.
Revising: The editor letter says, “I need to see more of the heroine’s motivations in chapter 4-7.
Rewriting: “I need to see more of the heroine’s motivations in chapter 4-7. Oh, and dump the other chapters.”
Revising: “How do you feel about adding a POV?”
Rewriting: “How do you feel about changing the POV?”
Revising: At the booksignings, you talk about how pleased you were that the climactic scene is almost word-for-word the same as when you wrote it.
Rewriting: At the booksignings, you don’t necessarily recognize the scene the reader is asking you about.
Revising: One of your critique partners asks what happened to the dog.
Rewriting: One of your critique partners asks you when you started a new manuscript.
Revising: “You need to do more to reveal the rules of this fantasy world.”
Rewriting: “Wait, this is a fantasy?”
Revising: “So if you can get the final to me by next month…”
Rewriting: “I think 2015 looks like a good release year…”
Revising: Major surgery.
Rewriting: You guys have read Frankenstein, right?
Revising: “Hi, family. Here’s the number for the pizza place.”
Rewriting: “Daddy, does Mommy still live here?”
Revising: A glass of wine with dinner.
Rewriting: A pitcher of margaritas for breakfast.
Revising: “So, how’s the book going?”
Rewriting: Back slowly out of room. Don’t make eye contact.
Revising: You’re not a failure as a writer. You just need to fix some stuff.
Rewriting: You’re not a failure as a writer. You’re not a failure as a writer. You’re not a failure as a writer. You’re not a failure as a writer…