Recently, I participated in What is your writing process blogfest. A lot of writers spoke about the their writing processes, and I noticed that a few talked about revising as they wrote, or revising the next day what they wrote the day before. Dean Koontz says much the same thing: “I don’t write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.”
For me, the distance between the first draft and revision is fundamental. My first drafts of short stories are all energy, no focus, and since I’ve been a pantser so far, not much plot either. Things might change when I shift to novels. They might not.
I have been doodling the last few days, like usual, but instead of letting them be in my notebooks, I’m typing them into my Daily (w)rite blog, and I’m surprised that people seem to like them as they are, raw and unpolished. All I’ve done to them is tweak a little, and correct typos. This is a totally different writing process, and I guess I’ll let the pieces languish for a while before deciding if they have any real potential.
Do you revise as you write? If yes, would you care to share how it works, and the benefits?