Once you have a draft—and you’ve set it aside for a day or two—it’s time to move on to revision. To our way of thinking, revision is the heart of the writing process. A first draft usually lives up to the “rough” label. If you’re lucky, a small number of sentences from your first draft won’t need much editing. Time plays a role here; your thoughts need time to gel. We like the word “revision” (in contrast to “editing”) because it connotes “re-seeing” your writing project (and not just fixing errors). When you (and your brain) have had a break after drafting, you often discover ways to express ideas in a more precise way.