This past month I've been doing edits on two books that are coming out in 2012. One is my YA fantasy NO GODDESSES ALLOWED and another one is a re-release of my first YA urban fantasy EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA.
Writing the first draft is the easy part.
Then comes the fun part. The edits and revisions.
I compare the revising process to a diamond.
At first a diamond looks like this:
Kind of like writing. The first draft is the same way. That's one reason why when I'm done with a first draft I'll put it away for a few and work on something else.
In order to get a diamond you have to drill and chip away with a special type of drill:
After you chip away at the rock, you then can see the final product:
And this doesn't even include the edits you have to do after your book is picked up with a publisher. For me there has been line edits, content edits, and yet more edits before it goes to acquistations and the printer.
Jackson Pearce did a great job of describing this whole revision process: