Editing has been much on mind lately, and I’m learning that editing requires more of my time and focus than drafting the original manuscript.
I’m working on the fifth, and final, novel in a five-book series. This one has taken more time to write; I’m aiming for something more ambitious than its four predecessors. I’ve been through the complete draft five separate times and worked on partial segments countless other times. I know I have at least two more complete editing reviews before I turn it over to the official editor and publisher.
Editing is meticulous, time-consuming work. Writing the first draft can be exhausting and certainly more exhilarating, but editing is often where the real work starts – and seems to never end. It’s not perfectionism. Instead, editing is a complete mental, emotional, and spiritual engagement with the text you’ve created.
As I’ve worked through this manuscript, I realized I’m editing for six reasons.
To continue reading, please see my post today at the American Christian Fiction Writers blog.
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