I hate it. I wish I was a good enough writer not to need it. It takes so much time and feels so painfully slow. I end up spending as much if not more time on revision than the initial writing. And I edit as I go. My first drafts are pretty clean and not bad, but they sure can get better through the revision process. Also, I also make things up as I go when I am writing so somethings things need a little adjusting depending on what direction I end up taking my story. During my revisions, my writing always gets better. The story gets better. If I didn't like the results, I wouldn't force myself to put so much work into revision. But now summer's almost over and I have a bunch of newly written short stories that are nowhere near ready. I've been putting off revision. A lot of short story markets close their reading periods during the summer. I thought I was going to be ready to submit a bunch of new stuff on Sept. 1, but I think I will be lucky if I can get one new story in shape to submit by then. Have any of you found ways to make the revision process go any faster? Do you hate revision? Do you love it? (I'm told some people love it.) How do I hate it less? It just feels like so much work. And I almost rather do anything else. The last time I sat down to work on revisions, a new story idea popped in my head. I wrote the whole thing in one-sitting (about six hours). Now, there's another story added to the pile I need to revise before I can submit. And that happens sometimes. I get frustrated and just write something new. But it doesn't help or address the problem of needing to do revisions. Did any of you have to change your mindset about revision? How did you do it? Hating the revision process is kind of a problem. These stories are never going to become my best work without it. I just really hate doing it. I would love to hear what you guys think about revision and how if you have any suggestions for motivating myself to get cracking on these. I know most of you write novels over short stories, but I think revision is revision. I really want to be able to do this without hating (and I mean really hating) the whole thing. I think the reason I hate it so much is that it really is such a long process for me. Sometimes, if a story is giving me a lot of trouble I just open a new document and rewrite it from scratch. And sometimes when I do it that way, it feels like less work, but that's not always the right path for all of my stories. What is your revision process like? Anything you've learned that made the process easier for you?