Many of the writers I work with fuss with their current story, poem, or essay forever, before moving on to the next story, poem, or essay they want to write. “I just want to read through one more time,” more than a few of my clients insist. “I want to be 100 percent sure before I send it out.”
Now, I’m all for revision. In fact, I often insist that writing is 85 percent about revision. But once you’ve reviewed your piece for structure, full development of key moments, syntax and word choice, there’s not much point to reading it one more time.