And I've come up with a lot of answers, most of which center around the fact that with revision you have to turn that crud-pile of a first draft into something...well...GOOD! Which is...yanno...HARD! (Sorry, talking about revision makes me feel the need for ALL CAPS a lot) :)
But there's another reason too. See, because no writer is--or should be--an island, revision is that point where you take your draft--your BABY--and hand it over to CPs or your Agent or Editor. And unfortunately, from that point on...it's not just your baby anymore.
But there's also the other kind of feedback. The I-really-hate-that-this-is-a-valid-point kind of feedback. The kind that makes you cut your favorite jokes or scenes, redefine or remove characters you love, or rewrite entire sections of your book--not because they're bad, but because they need to be different. It's the kind of feedback that makes you wish you could be immature and pout and moan and throw a tantrum and demand that it be YOUR way. (Or is that just me?) But you can't.
Because when you're revising...well...you don't always get to have things your way. Your way might slow the pacing, or be too similar to something else already published, or be too confusing for people who do not have your brain, or not be nearly as funny or cute or clever or sweet as YOU think it is. So even though it's your draft--your BABY--you have to change it. It's not just YOURS anymore. You're writing it to be PUBLISHED. Which means you have to think about what the majority of readers want from the story. And that might not always be the same thing you want.
So how do you deal with that? Well...at first, you probably pout and moan and whine (again, maybe that's just me). But then...you suck it up and make the changes. You always stay true to yourself and your vision of course. But it's also about sacrifice--for the good of the book and your career. It makes revision hard and stressful and very, VERY frustrating. But you get a better book out of it in the long run. Hopefully one good enough to sell.
(And hey, that's why most authors have deleted scenes on their websites, right?).
But what about you guys? Have you ever cut or changed something you might not have wanted to, because you knew it was the right thing for your book? Please--commiserate with me in the comments!