I found these two quotes on writing. I read them on someone's blog but I can't remember who, so if it was you let me know and I'll link over there.
Michael Crichton wrote, “Books aren’t written–they’re rewritten. Including
your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the
seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
James A. Michener once said, “I have never thought of myself as a good
writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first
drafts. But I’m one of the world’s great rewriters.”
I especially loved the line "It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it." I've been working on my novel for three years and done well more than seven edits. It is worth it though. Even if I never get more than a form rejection (Please let me get more than a form rejection) I've learned so much about the writing process. I've learned how to rewrite and even how to enjoy it. Rewriting really is the only way to grow as a writer. Drafting novel after imperfect novel will only teach how to continue in imperfection. Rewriting is where the hard work, and therefore the joy of accomplishment is.
What have you learned from rewriting?