or me the hardest part of the writing process is editing, but as I have said time and time again, it’s also the most important. Editing is what separates authors from writers.
Writing is not exclusive to books, it’s something people do generally in their daily lives. But even in writing a book, anyone can write a book, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This is by no means meant to diminish anyone’s achievement of having completed a manuscript. That’s difficult in it of itself, getting from page one to The End is work, but it’s really, as any writer/author will tell you, only just the beginning.
Taking that story and refining it, perfecting it, honing it into something that resembles a novel from sometimes the smoldering embers of the flaming word dump you created takes effort. It takes work. Finding a way to be able to look at your work objectively enough that you can actually say, this isn’t good, or maybe not even that, just this isn’t working, and to now find yourself in the position of having to say, why isn’t it working, and what can I do to make it work? That’s where the magic happens. Sometimes it’s not always clear why it isn’t working. It could take a few hours or a few days of just letting it ruminate to figure out why exactly a certain scene doesn’t quite work the way you feel it should. There have been a number of instances where I looked at a scene and thought, there’s something about this I don’t like… but I’m not sure 100% what. And in one recent case, I decided to let it go for a minute and I would read through it with the whole book later, and make my decision from there as to what I should do with that scene, whether it may be necessary to remove or not.
It’s exhausting and it’s the part of writing that I have always struggled with in many ways, because of my perfectionist tendencies. But it is necessary, not just because I write things half asleep at three am that don’t make sense in the English language, but also because it’s the only way to mould your story more into the vision you saw in your head.