I was recently talking with my friend Erica about how much more difficult revising a novel is compared to writing the first draft.

I think it’s much harder to get into a “flow” when revising, and as a result, it tends to be more exhausting. I draft at least three times faster than I revise.

Some writers tell me that they prefer drafting so much more to revising that they’d rather write novels and forget about them to avoid the pain of revising.

I’m not quite there yet. But I do get tempted sometimes. It’s really hard to push yourself to stick to the task of making that string of words you felt so good about putting down on paper work as a story.