Revision, revision, revision: Capes

I’ve spent the last few days working on revisions on the last draft of my new play Capes. For this project in order to start revising, I gave myself some distance from the piece. I waited two months between finishing my last draft and starting to look at it again. That distance was extremely helpful in seeing things I couldn’t see before: where the dialogue was clunky, where character moments didn’t make sense, where the plotting didn’t work. I took notes for those moments in each scene. And then gave myself another week before diving in and starting the revisions.

I’m catching things that I could never have seen if not for the distance. I can’t say that I enjoy revising, but I do know how necessary it is. And seeing the things I’d missed in other passes (moments I’d let slide, dialogue that needed work,story moments that don’t work as well as they should), I am very glad  that I’m doing this. Its tedious work, and never quite as exciting (for me) as the writing of something new, but it is so necessary.



Revising "Capes"

This is what the process of revision looks like for this project, a tale of two Real Life Superheroes. I find that each time I start revising, the process looks a little different; I don’t have one process that I follow, I just do what seems right for each project.

Writers, how do you revise your work? What’s your process from getting from first draft to draft two? And from two to three?