Writing is hard work. I don't mean to make it sound like it isn't, but it's fun hard work, right? To us writers, at least. We write because we enjoy it, the way math people enjoy solving long, complicated equations with odd symbols and way too many letters. The easy stuff isn't as gratifying, for math people or writing people, and finishing a novel is definitely the easiest part of the writing process.
There IS a huge rush of excitement in completing the first draft. I think sometimes though, writers tend to focus on the joy of that draft-- the story and characters and the world itself-- and see revisions as a time of frustration. We know things aren't right... pacing or character development or plot or dialogue (or all those things and more) and it seems impossible to fix them. But those things are what make a story great. And it's fun (weird, writerly fun) working on them, don't you think? Even if it's hard? There's nothing more satisfying in my writing than seeing a story I've written finally look less like the lump of clay I started with and more like something someone might want to look at. Satisfying isn't a strong enough word to describe it. It's intensely gratifying. I envisioned something incredible in my mind, and my first draft is not that incredible thing. I want to know what's wrong and I want to fix it, and I get all sparkly-happy inside when a scene or a chapter finally gets there... or at least, as close to "there" as I can make it.
Maybe you're great at reducing passive voice, or maybe you're awesome at improving dialogue. Or maybe I'm alone in enjoying the revision process, but here are my favorite things to work on: tightening up the writing, increasing intensity, and (one that I'd been forgetting but absolutely LOVE when I remember), adding sensory imagery. What about you? Is there anything you enjoy about the revision process?