It has room for improvement, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. (After all, what doesn't have room for improvement?)
Why am I telling you this? Because, I had this thought as I was thinking about revisions. I was actually trying to think of a way to describe revisions so that when I got really tired of it, I'd have something to pull me back up again. Then it hit me.
Okay, technically, I was not hit with a piece cake, but I was hit with a great analogy. Cake decorating is to revision, as The Brady Bunch is to query letters.
Here's the idea:
Cake Decorating: Revision:
1. Make and bake the cake. 1. Write the first draft.
2. Wait for it to cool. 2. Let it sit so you can get some perspective.
3. Carve the cake. 3. Cut up your WiP through editing.
4. Cover with crumb layer icing. 4. Rewrite bits that don't work.
5. Roll out fondant and fit to cake. 5. Review all the new bits and make sure they gel with old.
6. Decorate to your heart's content. 6. Polish, and more polish, and oh, more polish.
7. Present it to the birthday person. 7. Send it to your last reader for approval of agent sending.
8. Enjoy. 8. Get an agent.
So, if your WiP is a cake, which part of the process are you in? Let me know in the comments!