Writers appear to have a fairly relaxing life. We sit at our desk (or comfy couch) and make up stories while sipping on coffee. There's a thrill that approaches - a thrill that most other jobs lack.
You're in love with writing. And you realize that this is the job you want to do until the day you die.
Until you've reached the editing process.
Now it's starting to seem like work. The magic of your story fades away as you chop off some of your favorite scenes. Your hopes of how great the story was when you were writing grow dim as you focus on the flaws of your manuscript and receive criticism from others.
Writing is something that I love to do: Getting to know my characters, allowing God to speak through me as I type a story that will hopefully touch the hearts of others. It's exhilarating... until it's time for the editing process. Until I read back over my story and find the many mistakes that causes the doubts to begin to creep in. It makes sense that this would happen, considering that editing involves focusing on your manuscript flaws - and possibly the flaws in your own talent as you pick apart the amazing work of art that you used to be in love with.
So how can writers "refind" the magic our story brings while refining it's impurities?
- Keep it simple
Editing doesn't have to be such a dreadful process. Take Mary Poppins' advice and keep a positive attitude to make your work fun. This may seem silly, but it's possible - especially if your career is something that you already enjoy doing. Eventually the hard work of refining your manuscript's impurities will pay off and it will be almost as shiny as gold. =)
"Editing might be a bloody trade. But knives aren't the exclusive property of butchers.
Surgeons use them, too."
What are some tips you refine your writing and "refind" your story's essence?
Is editing an exhausting or exciting process for you?
What are some ways that you make self-editing seem like fun instead of work?