As I'm going through the tedious process of editing my newest book, it's interesting to analyze my thoughts and emotions. To me, editing feels like running. I don't like running, yet, I run almost every day to stay in shape. I hate the process. It hurts. I sweat, toil, and grumble. But when I get done, I'm always glad I did it. I am healthier, and I feel better.
I don't like to edit. I have seen these words so many times, I just want them to go away. When my editor spots a bad phrase, I cringe. Yes, she's right (some of the time). I have to change it. But if I do, I have to back and change something else, and that will lead to yet another change fifty pages ago. And, once it's all done, did I remember everywhere that new thought will affect?
So, while editing, I sweat. I toil. I grumble. But when it's done, I'm glad I did it. My book is better, and I feel better.
I think we need to invent a Gatorade for writers.