Laura Maylene Walter
On the Revision Process for "Meat Sweats"
by Steven Carey-Walton
I had a vacation coming up and a novella to complete. I burned the candle at both ends and finished the piece three days before my departure date. I didn’t want to write anything new, but habit brought me back to the computer. I figured I’d pop out a crappy draft, let it stew while I was away, and edit it when I returned—my usual recipe. But I knocked out the first draft in a day, edited it the next day, and on the third day submitted it to the Gordon Square Review. I had never produced something so quickly. Though the writing came easy—I could feel the pulse of the characters—the ending felt forced and unsatisfying. My guilt didn’t last long; I was on vacation.