Most of us create first drafts that need quite a bit of work before they’re doing what they need to do. Maybe you’re the type of writer who never looks back while writing that first draft until you’ve typed the words The End. Or, perhaps you tend to write novels a bit at a time, and you pause to revise as you go. Regardless, there will be a first draft to deal with, and it will inevitably take a few passes to get it right. The key to revising well is to see it as an opportunity, not an ordeal.