Most authors will tell you that editing is the scourge of their writing existence. Much like the marketing or platform-building stage, it is tantamount to pulling every hair out of their head with a single pair of tweezers, or making them comb through the source code of their websites. Me? I actually enjoy editing. For me, it’s actually my favorite stage of writing. To use an analogy, editing is sort of like wood-carving.
We all start with an idea. An idea that needs to mature; needs to become rooted and strong.
Some ideas turn into kindling…
But some we harvest, and prepare to work our craft upon them. Our first draft is the shape. That outline of the real idea we can already see in our minds.
And editing is when we get down to the fine details, using screwdrivers, drills, sanders, nails, and saws to change our manuscripts into art.
Do you enjoy the editing process?