Revising the little stuff takes so much time. I spent about five hours at the computer today going line by line through six chapters checking spelling, word usage, and tweaking things just so. My mind is exhausted and I have seventeen chapters to go. A non-writer friend called and I took a much needed break. She asked me what revision I was doing now because I had already done the plot points and meatier changes. I compared it to a teacher grading a paper.
"So then you'll be done and can submit it?"
"Not yet," I told her. "When I think it's perfect, I'll print it up a second time and read it out loud. That way I can find words I left out, sentences that need to be written better, and just anything at all that needs changing."
"That's too hard, I think you should just leave it up to one of those editors. Wait until you hear..."
Works for me. I wonder why I just don't do that?