I am realizing more and more how true it is that editing never really ends and that contrary to thought, the edits closer to the end get all the more difficult and stressful. I am still head-over-heels in love with this story, which is good, but the more I edit, the more I feel like I need…more editing. Yeah.

My plans are as follows: finish these edits, send to my next critters and judge from there how much more I need before querying *bites nails*

Any helpful thoughts out there?

[I’ve received several requests for indepth notes taken on the conferece in February. Don’t worry, I will jot notes obsessively and will relay all to you, my faithful readers 😉 ]

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6 thoughts about "Editing…edit…ed…"

  • Cortney says:

    I have the same problem! My suggestion is to edit everything you can, send it to readers (ahem, me! *winks*) and then WAIT! Stephen King suggests waiting six months after you’ve finished editing a draft before going back to it. Bleh, I can’t ever wait that long because I’m so impatient, but I just know from personal experience (and from thinking my MS was ready and querying too early and screwing up really good chances, ha ha) that if you give it even a couple weeks or a month before going back to it AGAIN and making sure everything is tight, it will be so much in your benefit!! 😀 (Waiting sucks, btw!!)

  • The editing comes to an end at some point. It has to. At some point you just have to say “It’s done. No more. I’ve got to move on to something else.” And you move on.

  • I just started my first round of edit / rewrites of my very long YA novel. I let it “rest” for six months. What a bunch of crap, I’m finding in there! It sounds like you’re much further in the process than me, lucky you!! I can see how this is going to be a never-ending process.

    I like how Richard put it. At some point, that’s it.

  • I love that picture. Knowing when something is ready is so hard. And the patience too 🙂

  • Carrie-Anne says:

    It helps when you give a project some time to rest before going back to revise, edit, and polish. You often catch stuff you didn’t latch onto before, like excessive wording or things that aren’t consistent. At this point I think I only have one or two more rounds to go with my first Russian novel, and I’m very pleased at how much I was able to do the last go-round, after I’d thought I was only doing one final sweep-through. It’s now down to 336,000 words, and perhaps after the final edits, it’ll be down to around 335,000 or a bit less, which I feel is just the right length for it. (It also helps that it was locked away from me for 10 years on obsolete file formats on discs, so I’d really had a lot of time to read it with almost entirely new eyes!)

  • I so feel your pain! As I write my synopsis though, I am finding it is actually helping me figure out what I really want to edit and what I don’t.
    I can’t wait to read the notes you bring back to us!

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