I hate the word "revision." "Re" anything just sounds like more work! And when you've finished a manuscript, whether it's a poem, essay or a 500-page novel, the thought of "re-doing" it weighs heavily on your soul. I mean, you've done it, haven't you? It's like someone telling you to redo the kitchen floor. Now. The second thing I hate is the "vision" part. When you write, you have a vision of your characters and their thoughts and emotions, the smells and sounds of your setting, and your plot and how it begins and ends. And "re" means that vision could be endangered. In revision you stand to lose what makes your character appealing, or what makes the scene attractive, or the plot exciting. So I'm "revising" the word "revision." Instead, I propose "sharpen." I've just finished reading a friend's manuscript. The plot and action are geat and the story is one that merits telling. But portions of the plot lie hidden under too many words; action is delayed by paragraphs of emotion and internal thought. Cut, cut, cut, sharpen, sharpen, sharpen will be my advice to the writer. But, I'll say, hang on to your wonderful vision for your work. Don't "re" anything.