Revision is when I find the true story. It’s where I find what I really wanted to say with the story. I mostly free-write at first so, this is where I am able to clean it up and shape it into what I was wanting it to be. It allows me to go back and look at my mistakes whether they are grammar or structure based, and fix them for the better.
An example of this is in my first short story, “Crowbar.” I had no idea what that story was when I first finished it and left in all the wrong details. I was able to go through and clean up the story to really show the concept and theme I was going for. I was able to find the focus of the story give it a new breath and tone. That’s what I mean by finding the true story. I am able to see the story for what it is and what I want it to be.