I'm about to start the interesting work of revising the first drafts of two novels. Here's what other writers have said about the work of revision.
"I rework my stories as I go along and after I finish. For Durango Street I had nearly two thousand pages of rough draft, out of which came two hundred pages of finished manuscript."
"By the time I am nearing the end of a tory, the first part will have been rearead and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times.
"I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Good writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this."
"To produce a 60-page book, I may easily write 1,000 pages before I'm satisfied."
"I rewrote the ending to Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied."
"I can't understand how anyone can write without rewriting anything over and over again. I scarcely ever re-read my published writings, but if by chance I come across a page, it always strikes me: all this must be rewritten; this is how I should have written it . . . "