“At least once, most writers experience that special moment when they realize that their precious project is a stinky pile of tripe.” -- Lisa Shearin in “Sometimes you need to break out the editing chain saw to deal with a manuscript.” [The Writer, October 2009, “Dueling with Words” column]Once? Tripe? How about once a quarter? And I use a stronger word than tripe once I realize I’ve wasted a considerable amount of time working on a story that never stood a chance from the start. This column discusses revisions vs rewrites and is well worth the effort to get a hold of a copy of The Writer to read the entire article.