Writers Have Been Believing This Lie for Decades…

Yep, editing is much harder than writing. It’s why I let a manuscript sit for a while before I even consider sending it to editors, because I’ll see things I missed in the flush of “Oh, ain’t it marvelous!” that inevitably comes with finishing a first draft.

Read on for some real words of wisdom.

adoptingjames

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Editing. It’s often seen as the summit of the mountain after a long, tumultuous climb, complete with hand-cramps and carpal tunnel.

I have a different picture in my head. Writing, as hard as it is, is more like the packing and driving toward the first day of your climb. Writing is gathering all of your equipment, literally dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s, all the busy work. None of it’s in order, and half the time you don’t even know what the hell you’re writing. You’re just…writing.

But then you reach the last page, your last paragraph, your last word. You think you’re done. The world tells you, “You did it!” You get all sorts of accolades, you’re blinded by the paparazzi, and angels blow on trumpets as the opposite sex throws themselves at you.

But that’s a bunch of bull. I finished my YA novel back in February and I’ve…

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