In revision, sometimes we need a butcher knife to cut away at the fat, but other times we need a scalpel to carefully cut between the vital arteries of the story in order to perform the most delicate of surgeries. Most people think the ‘art’ of writing is the first draft—the coming up with something out of nothing and getting the words written down. And yes, that part of it, and it is very beautiful, but it’s like having a simple golden ring—no engravings, no etched memories, or precious stones. If you put a little extra time into the story to revise it once you’ve completed it, an altogether different beauty emerges—one you might not have planned or expected. This too is part of the art of writing.