On revising

by look i have opinions

“[Y]ou might say to yourself, OK, that’s fine, all that white-hot-center stuff spilling out in the composition, but when I go back to edit and revise, how do the dreams fit in there? Or do they?

“They absolutely do. What you need to do now is to think of yourself as a reader encountering a strange work. You’ve got to understand your own memory and figure out what it takes for you to forget what you have written, sufficiently that you can revisit it as reader. That’s the key to editing yourself. This is where having a bad memory will serve you well.”

—Robert Olen Butler in From Where You Dream