I love Edits! Does that make me a little crazy?
Maybe, but it’s true.
Whether finally finishing that first draft and going back to page one for the initial round of serious revisions, or going through the manuscript for the umpteenth time to tweak just a bit more. Whichever round of revisions I am in, I love that sense of knowing that every change, great or minuscule, makes my manuscript Better. Stronger. Faster.
I love having to answer those hard questions … Does this scene really add to the plot line? Would this character actually say this? How can this paragraph be tightened up? Do I need a comma or a semi-colon here? I love finding the perfect word to replace what had previously been said in three. And don’t get me started on dialogue. That wonderful ability to go back and actually say what you wish you had said the first time … Priceless!
Of course, that isn’t to say I don’t feel the frightful weight of panic in those moments before digging in. A little voice in my head starts to whisper that it will be too tough. That no matter what I do, I won’t be able to improve what I’ve already worked so hard to create. But the only sure-fire way to shut that wimping voice up is to just Get To It!
* sigh *
I love Edits.