10-second summary: When do people revise what they write?
Title: “Detection, Diagnosis,, and the Strategies of Revision.” L Flower, et al. College Composition and Communication (February 1986), 16-55. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Summary/Quote: “As Gabriel Della-Piana puts it, ‘revision is not making a poem better, it is making the poem more consonant or congruent with one’s image of what the piece of writing is intended to accomplish.’ ”
Comment: In other words, writers have an image, a conception, of what they want to accomplish in their writing and when the actual writing does not match that image or concept, they change what they have written. I think this is the best definition of revision that I have ever read. RayS.