Revision, revision, revision ...

I wonder whether Sir Terry Pratchett, Tom King, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie or any of the other 'big' names one could throw around have the same problem when they try to publish, or republish, something they write very early in their careers? I'm currently revising one of my early books for my publisher. It's been laying around after collecting lots of rejections, but, rereading it, I can see how badly I structured things back then, and worse, I can see all the errors, all the 'passive' voice, all the 'telling' in narrative voice, rather than 'showing' through dialogues ... 

So, here I am at the end of another month, heavily revising the main body, and writing some new chapters to complete the story and fill the gaps I've managed to create taking bits out that don't fit. The result will, I think, be a much better book, especially once the editor has sorted out the typos, run on sentences and other little foibles I manage to construct. Thank the Lord for a good editor, one who can look at a piece of work and identify the weaknesses, suggest the means to fix them and spot the ways to make a good story climb out of the amateurish mess it was originally. I probably shouldn't admit that. As Hagrid always seemed to be saying - I should not have said that. No, I should not have said that ...

Or maybe I should have said it a while ago.

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