I'm coming to the end of yet another round of revisions on my WIP, and it's interesting to look back and see how my attitude has changed towards this process.
Initially, it was a chore.
With previous WIP's, the thrill of getting the idea out of my head into something tangible is always an enjoyable part. The way that the details present themselves as you expand on an idea and the story starts to run away from you as it gains momentum, gives me a really good buzz. But the revisions...? These always seemed to be a long slog.
This book, however, has changed everything. It's probably because I've learnt so much while writing and editing it, but the revisions have been fun, and every change has made me feel like I'm getting closer to making this piece a viable candidate for publication. It's also because I have some great Crit partners who have made the process so enjoyable. Being able to discuss some of the changes to find the best way of wording something or the most impact has helped considerably.
This morning, it struck me that I'm going to reach a point where I feel the book is where I want it to be. Obviously, that's when I'll be trying to get someone else to think the same. So, for arguments sake, if I do manage to get a book deal and the editor starts to suggest changes, will they be taking my book to somewhere new that isn't where I left it?
The big question is..... do authors who get their work published still feel as connected with their work, or do they feel it's been hi-jacked to make it as commercially successful as possible?