on revision

A nice little interview with a writer/editor, about revising work.

What aspect of revision do you embrace or even look forward to?

I love looking at every sentence and trying to sharpen its meaning, to say it in fewer words, to infuse it with action, to take out the clutter, to find the rhythm as one sentence joins with another. I like to try to end every paragraph with an image or a mood or a surprise. That’s sheer joy for me, just playing with language.