Often you'll hear an author say she's working on revisions to a mss. Another will say she's working on rewrites.
I'm sure there is a technical difference by definition. Rewrites would be writing something again. Revising would be making changes. But when it comes down to it, to me they seem to be one and the same.
If you're changing something in the mss, you're writing it again. And if you're writing it again, you're changing it. Right?!
I'm in the middle of rewrites and/or revisions (Take your pick.) on a mss. I'm approaching it a bit differently than I've done in the past. With everything done via e-mail with my publisher and editors, I haven't looked at a hard copy of a mss in a long time.
This time around I had a lot that needed to be rewritten and/or revised. So I printed out a copy of the mss. I punched holes in it and put it in a binder. I've forgotten how much better it is to look at something in print and find mistakes than to simply look on the computer.
It's also been nice to cross things out and add other things, but still see what was there before. I think this will help a lot with continuity later on.
All in all, so far, things are going well with my revisions and/or rewrites.
So, what do you call it when you work on a mss that's already written? Do you like to revise? Or rewrite?
Until next time,