Confession: I almost never reread a work of fiction.
Maybe it's the ADD in me, but the suspense is just gone. It doesn't even matter if it's the greatest book ever written. I've tried to reread Harry Potter but can't make myself commit. I can reread excerpts (and sometimes get swept up in the writing of a particular scene all over again), but there's just no way I'm going to read through the entire book the way I did the first time... ever again.
I think this makes me strange. I know other people who reread books over and over again (<-- redundant on purpose). But redundancy bothers me. It even bothers me sometimes when I'm reading a sequel and the author repeats information gleaned in the first book just in case somebody is new to the series. I know it shouldn't bother me. That's exactly what you're SUPPOSED to do as a writer of a series. But I'm just an impatient reader.
I'm also an impatient writer.
This is why I've written six books that are yet unpublishable. My impatience with looking back makes revision awfully hard. Don't get me wrong; I do revise. But it's painful and slow and I put it off sometimes for years.
As the therapy cliche says, the first step is admitting you have a problem. But man, the idea of overcoming my impatience is daunting.
I keep hoping that if I just keep writing, eventually I'll turn out something that doesn't need a second look. *ROFL*
I don't think the writing exists that doesn't need revision. Most of us write stuff that needs major TLC after the initial draft. I know this. So why is it so hard for me to look back? Why is rereading and revision something I dread?
I need your wisdom, Writerly Blogosphere. Tell me, how do you face the prospect of revising an entire novel, especially after receiving significant criticism?
Is there a magic bean I can swallow?