No, I’m not nuts. (Not totally, anyway.) But before you ship me off to the funny farm, I’ll tell you that I do think editing is fun. It means you’ve completed that manuscript and have either submitted it or you’re about ready to. Plus, editing gives you the opportunity to fix all the little things you skimmed over before, making your story shine.
That said, there’s editing, then there’s EDITING. Ugh. I’ve been doing the later for the last couple weeks on LAST HOPE ALASKA and my eyes have almost crossed from looking at this sucker so many times. Keep in mind that I can get super picky, especially with myself. (Actually, I think that’s the way it’s supposed to work.) Even though my wonderful editor didn’t have that many issues when she sent me the first round of edits, I started digging into the story…with a vengeance.
Oh. My. Stars!
When you use the same phrase, word, or group of words over and Over and OVER again, or you have so much passive writing that you want to scream, you begin to wonder what you were thinking.
I have to tell you, I like the story a lot better now. And I liked it before I started making any changes! Which I hope translates into the reader absolutely loving the story once it reaches their hands.
So, where was my head before I submitted the story? Why didn’t I see these issues then? Do any of you have the same problem? (You can’t see the forest for the trees syndrome until AFTER your editor sends you a revision letter.)
Or is it just me?
If anyone has the answer, I’m allll ears. 😉