Ahh, the glorious part about writing: revising. I'll be honest: I kind of hate revisions. I love drafting and the organic crafting of a story--watching it unfold--but then comes to trying to make it all make sense and tell the story you want it to. Which can often lead me to some major hair-pulling-out madness. I guess there are some aspects of it I enjoy:
-Finally getting a scene *just* right, where it really sings.
-Understanding a character's motivation to a deeper degree, as something clicks together.
-Crafting a story that's so much richer than what originally showed up on the page.
-Finding hilarious typos (like missing the 'r' in shirt) that make me laugh for weeks.
-Being finished :)
There are so many elements of what goes into revising a novel. Sometimes that's what the hardest part is finding where to start and just digging in. Lately I've been making a lot of reverse outlines as I go back over what I've written. I find this helps me work out what does work, and where to hone in. Having a game plan is personally what I need to get started. And then...well, it's just getting it all to come together!
Easy, right? ;)
Someday I wish I could write a novel that didn't require quite so much work once I completed a draft, but knowing my style, I doubt that'll happen. Though, I'm always open to new things, so we'll see!
What's your favorite part about revisions?