I always dread making the switch from writing a project to editing one…. especially when they are two different works, as is the case for me right now. I finished the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel yesterday, and am moving, well, backwards, to edit another novel I wrote earlier in the year and I’m hoping to release in 2013 (“The King’s Sons,” last installment in my first trilogy).
I hate the switch for so many reasons. So, so many reasons.
- MY CONFIDENCE DROPS INSTANTLY. This morning I started reading/editing “The King’s Sons,” and I got through the first page. My prologue…. I have edited this novel before, more than once, and I get so frustrated when I still look at it and think “DUDE, this needs work. Why do I use “seem” so much? And what is with me and the passive voice? You’d think after so many years writing and a handful of novels I’ll learn….”
- CHANGE IN ROUTINE. Writing and editing are two very distinct processes in my mind, and I approach them differently, so after months of creating a draft, to suddenly switch to editing is a jolt. It throws me off my game and I need a few days to adjust. Does this happen to anyone else?
- MY PERFECTIONISM. I’ve learned to tone down the desire to make a first draft perfect while I’m writing it by telling myself, “That’s what editing for. You can edit later.” While that works while I’m writing, when it comes time to editing…. HOLY. MESS. It’s kind of an issue for me. I sometimes spend half an hour on a page or on two paragraphs…. And then, when I pass through the novel the time after that, I’m not happy with the changes I made the last time around. I know, on an academic level, that I’ll never really be satisfied with anything I write and that no writer really is. But accepting that is a different story.