In 1966, Vladimir Nabokov said in an interview with Random House, “I have rewritten–often several times–every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.”
What is your revision process like?
Today, I have a little exercise to help you get on your feet when it comes to the revision process. Open up your piece and reacquaint yourself with it. Print it out and grab a red pen, or turn your curser to RED, which ever feels best, and start eliminating each and every word you don’t need. Your goal is to strip away 10% of your writing. Think of it as cleaning out the attic; some of the junk will be gone, but the attic remains, right?
I know it can be painful, but have fun!