Most of my writing skills are smoke and mirrors.
No, that’s not true. But it feels like it is, which is relevant.
Let’s start again: I still attend writing group. A frequent topic of conversation between a few of us is whether I’m any good at revision. Eric, who runs the group, says yes, vehemently. It flatters my ego, except for how I know it mostly isn’t true, except for when it is. A lot of things flatter my ego, but I’m pretty good at beating it back down again. That’s also relevant. But for various reasons, he’s been asking me how I edit because, whatever I’m doing, it creates an immediate impression of vast and dramatic improvement. This is belied, of course, by the fact that nothing is ever finished.
Anyway, I told him I’d write a blog post about my revision process so that he could steal it. My process is as follows: