Would someone please tell me? I’m doing re-writes at the moment and they are driving me mad mainly because I don’t know when to stop. Obviously, it’s that elusive point called, “perfect.” But where is that magical place?
My greatest fear is that when it arrives, I won’t recognise it. What if I bypass “perfect” and just keep going because I’m on this editing roll and I can’t stop. Instead, of my work improving it starts to go down hill. My voice disappears, my story sounds drab and my characters lose their colour. Only I won’t notice, because I’m too busy sifting for more mistakes.
I think this is why upon completion, writers are supposed to put their manuscripts away for a year before they start to fiddle with them. Give themselves a bit of distance - some perspective.
If you’re like me and can’t afford to wait, then I think your next best recourse is to rely on someone else to have perspective. Get a critique group, find a friend. Show someone you trust, your writing and ask them to be a judge. Sometimes, you’re just too close to critique yourself. In my case, thanks goodness for WINK!
Having said that, I am going to try and take a short break this week- a little breather from my editing fiasco.
My first Avalon novel, “Kiss and Tell” is coming out in October and on top of everything else I have a book launch to plan. Want to come? Watch this space for details soon.
In the mean time, do you have better advice for an editing junkie?