I'm working on a lot of projects right now, hopefully with results I can announce here soon. One thing I haven't done in the past month is much drafting. I've realized revising only scratches my itch so much until I really require putting new words down on the page. As I go on, I realize the more carefully I draft, the less revising I need to do.
Revising is necessary. But I'm getting to the point where I don't have time to do 15 revisions. I have to write, revise a couple of times, and turn the damn thing in. So that requires that I focus when I draft. I used to do more when I revised, which always made me feel like I was on a merry-go-round. This isn't to say I don't like revising. I do. I like all of it. And I've learned I usually have a very serious project on hand, something like SCAR (3 years and counting) and then my more flippant work, like short stories and QUENCHED. (I think the level of seriousness is how close it is to examining something about me.)
But something about drafting, whether it's a synopsis or a story... it's the only action that satisfies my addiction to words. New words.
Now, that's as far as it goes. Short story writing is like siphoning a pint of blood by pricking my pinky finger. I'm not sure whether I'm happy when it's finished, or just damned relieved.
Which do you like better? Drafting or revising? And why?