Editing and I have a love/hate relationship. I mean, we like to go to the beach and stroll along the water’s edge together, but we don’t always want to be holding hands.
For me, the process of editing really helps me understand how much I either like or loathe a book-in-progress. What I’ve learned is that generally, the ease of the editing process is in direct correlation to the ease with which I wrote the story. If it’s something I struggled to put on the page, the editing is bound to be just as tough. If the story flowed, the editing will flow too.
Maybe this isn’t a good thing, I can’t tell. It is a piece of the writing puzzle I take very seriously. Who hasn’t read a badly-edited book? Even one from a seasoned professional? We can always do more work on our own writing.
This is why I rely on first readers and critique partners, beta readers, and so on. There’s a whole procedure before I can declare something finished. We’re supposed to make our books the best we can; I’m all for that. I’m almost afraid of how enamored I am of this one I’m working on now. We all know what they say about something that seems too good to be true…
Wish me luck.