Especially when you're talking about revisions. See, a lot of times, revisions take a certain amount of stewing to get them to that just right pull-apart stage. You want the perfect blend of seasoned adverbs, adjectives, nouns, and verbs that will make everyone's mouth water in anticipation.*
My process usually goes something like this:
Write the book.
Send to Agent.
Send to betas.
Get feedback from Agent.
Cry, whine and throw a tantrum. (But...but...it's perfect...*sniffle*)
Give it a few days. (In which I go through the stages of 'I can't write, I suck')
Clean my house in a desperate bid for control.
Realize Agent was spot on.
Have brainstorm idea that makes book 1000% better.
Send giddy e-mail (or ten..sorry Mandy!) to Agent telling them how right they were.
Dig in to revisions and finish in record time.
Back to betas for plot-gap patrol.
Back to Agent.
Those few days of stewing always help me see the big picture. The bud has been planted. It takes root in my head and starts to sprout.* Subconsciously, I start to insert these ideas into the plot. Before I know it, that AHA moment strikes and I start tentatively typing out notes. It grows, blossoms, and takes on a life of its own.
Soon, I have a completely revised manuscript that is so much better than the first draft. What have I learned from all this?
Trust the process. If you want the perfect roast, you can't rush it. Sit back and enjoy the aroma while you pick away at your revisions, and soon, you'll have a brilliant book AND a great dinner!
How about you? What is your Achilles revision heel and how do you get over it?
*excuse the overuse of analogies today. I am weaning back on the coffee consumption and trying to fight my way out of that morning haze au natural!