Back to Mermaid Story

I finished revising all three of my short stories. They're all in the Critters queue, the first of which will be serving up critiques next week. That means it's back to Mermaid Story.

This is the big revision. The one where I go through it line by line, making sure everything that I meant to say is what I said. And making sure that what I meant to say is what I meant to say. Sometimes things don't work. Sometimes scenes have to go. Sometimes characters have to change.

It means I have to kill all the bad writing, all the confusing sentences. It also means I can kiss about two months of my writing life goodbye. Why do these revisions always take so long? Shouldn't they be shorter than the actual composition of the novel?