It never fails to surprise me how many changes I find to make when I return to a story that I haven’t read for a while. Everyone who writes has experienced this. No matter hard you work on a manuscript and polish it until you can see your face in it, put it away for six months or a year and you’ll wonder why you ever thought it was finished.
I “finished” a long story a year ago and now I’m revising it page by page and, of course, loving each new change. Goodness knows what I’ll think of these brilliant improvements a year from now. I think it was Mark Twain who said, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” But in some cases, it also involves putting in the right ones.