In all the time I’ve been writing, I’ve always struggled with revising/editing part. I’ve understood the need for it, but just couldn’t get enthused about trudging through the text looking for issues and faults.
I think that I’ve tended to find myself immersed in the world in my head, and became carried away with exploring the story as the details flooded out. Re-visiting something that was no longer fresh and exciting felt like treading water, and was holding up all the new plots and ideas queuing up and banging on the door for attention.
That was until I started on my current WIP.
This story has been different. Although I know that it probably falls well short of what makes it a ‘page turner’, I’ve felt compelled to keep re-working it to make it shine. I don’t know if it’s the culmination of everything I’ve learnt over the past year, or whether it’s that the previous stories weren’t quite right, but with every little change I make, I get excited. When I find a big improvement, I have to refrain myself from jumping up and down.
I still have the little voices whispering away in the darker corners, pointing out that the characters are probably not deep enough, or that the twists and rug pulling moment aren’t twisty and turny enough, but I’m going to ignore them and let my Crit pals confirm if that really is the case.
For the moment, I’m just going to enjoy the feeling that when someone else finally reads my MS, it’ll be the best I could get it.