Here's the big revision question: Are you a re-keyer?
Re-keying a manuscript seems counter-intuitive. Easy revisions -- that's what makes computers so great, right? Here are some cons -- and pros -- of re-keying a manuscript when you revise.
- Your critique group will look at you like you just said, "Twilight wasn't all that great," because you'd have to slightly touched to make all that work for yourself.
- It is work. Work takes time. Which leads to...
- Re-keying is slow. You won't get your manuscript revised in a flash.
- Typos. You cleaned them all up in the last draft. If you re-key, you'll have to proofread again. Carefully.
Pros (There's really just one, but let's break it down.)
- Re-keying forces you to consider every word in your book.
- There are places your eye glosses over when you're reading, carried along by the story. That's good, if you're a reader. Not if you're an author. Re-keying slows you down and reveals lazy spots in your writing.
- Re-keying puts you back in that magic place of creating, rather than the shuffling of cut, paste, and delete. This opens up discoveries. Doors open in the story, in the characters, that weren't there before. If you were rushing down the hallway to get to your destination, you might have missed that small door that opens onto a garden.
Re-keyers, speak up. If you re-key your manuscripts, tell us why the technique works for you.