The thought of editing always seemed boring to me. That's where my dreams of becoming an author would stop. I was never interested in completing the important process to prepare your story for the reading audience. I wondered why my first draft just wasn't good enough to let everyone read, because honestly that's where I felt most creative. So I did everything I could to avoid the editing phase of writing a novel.
Shame on me! Writing a novel is much like painting on canvas. Just by getting the story on paper, my canvas was filled with one color. Any art lover knows, that one color is flat and boring and not really much to look at. Through the process of editing, you add additional color and dimension to your work. This is something that just can't be rushed.
Holding down the excitement of releasing my first full length novel has been hard, but I'm embracing the editing process. Honestly, I'm enjoying it more then I thought I would. I've even surprised myself to discover that I'm actually good at it too. Holding up in a small coffee shop (who loves having us) tearing apart sentences only to rebuild them better with my friend has been fun. It's time consuming, but worth the improvement made to the story. And that to me is the most important thing.
So let's hear it for coffee, editing, and loving the time spent on improvements. What is your editing process?