I’m a very sporadic cleaner. I find it way more fun to run around the apartment, finding one job after another. For instance, I’ll put some shoes I’ve left out in the living room in my closet, and then, instead of continuing to clean the clutter of the living room, I’ll clean my closet. I really do go around in circles as I clean, just picking out what needs to be done.
I can be the same with revising. After that first draft is written, with all of its inconsistencies and plot problems, I’m tempted to read through it, fixing each little issue as I come to it, without looking at the bigger issues.
I’m trying not to do that this time. This time, I’ve focused on the bigger issues, and now I’m taking the book chapter by chapter, focusing on one issue at a time. It’s making the process much more streamlined, and I know the end result will be a clean, fully revised manuscript.
Do you do revisions piecemeal, or do you try to focus on the bigger issues first?