||[Sep. 5th, 2007|08:34 am]
I've never seriously revised anything before. I have revised things for grammar and spelling, but I have never revised for plot, characterization, consistency of theme, and overall perfection of language. I have talked about how reading manga and reading simple books in Japanese are completely different skills, but I completely overlooked how that applied to my writing. Of course it's hard. I don't have any experience in it.
This also explains why I tend to try to rewrite from scratch instead of actually revising. I have a hammer, and when faced by a screw, the first thing I think of is that the screw looks a lot like a nail. I fail to realize that what I need is a screwdriver.
It looks like I'm going to have to learn to use a screwdriver.