8 Thoughts During Revisions And How You Should Deal With Them


There is a reason why writing starts with a draft. It is meant to be edited, commented on, and revised (for how God-knows how many times). Writing is a tedious process, and it starts with dealing with your inner demon as you are revising.

1. “Revisions – again.”

The greatest people on earth failed more than a thousand times before they got to where they wanted to be. Revisions are way to make you better. Writing is not for the quitters, and take every red marks and harsh comments as your best friends. They are going to take you to a place you wanted to be.

2. “Am I a bad writer?”

This is the major booboo every writer should stop thinking. No great work has ever been done by focusing on insecurities and/or the lack of experience. There is no bad writer, only inexperienced ones. Fail better. Avoid shrinking.

3. “Oh no. I’m a bad writer.”

Darling, this is just a comment you tell yourself when you are overwhelmed by red marks and harsh comments on your draft. Embrace the fact that this is for your own good. Stop the self-pity.

4. “I’m never gonna be a writer.”

Darling, you already are. Just don’t stop!

5. You’ve been told, “Your paragraphs are too long. Can you, like, condense that, but still detailed as possible?”

Every writer needs specificity – be it in structure, form , messaging, POV, name it. There is no such thing as “paragraphs that are too long,” only thoughts that are generous, specific, and clear as crystal.

6. You wanted to tell your editor, “Oh, this is what you want to do to that angle?”

Every ideation needs to achieve something, and the editor is there to guide you. There are times a writer is hard-headed, trying to prove a point, but can’t come across to what he wants to say. Give yourself a break, there’s your editor. He can set directions that can help you.

7. “So, the best part’s going to be killed.”

This feels like the end of the world to you. “That’s the best part!” You’d say. But the secret to an exceptional writing is seeing the written work in a perspective of the person critiquing it. You’d get a fresher perspective.

8. You’ve been told, “You’re words are highfalutin.”

Remember, brevity is the soul of wit. Keep it short, simple, crisp and straight to the point. You can never please all readers in this planet. Carry on. Smile, and keep writing!