Do you ever wonder if you’ve revised your story so much that it’s lost the original spark that brought it to life?
I’m working on Novel #4, which I wrote in 3 months, and (hopefully) I will have finished my first pass of revisions for in another 3 months. My first two novels took 4 or 5 years of hard work and rewriting to get them to the point where I feel comfortable submitting them to agents or editors. Maybe this is just self-doubt creeping in. But I wonder sometimes, if, along with the improvements, something has been lost during the revision process too.
Do you ever think you are "over-writing" or "over-revising"? How would you know?