To wait or not to wait, that is the question.
Finally, I’m coming up to the end of writing my fourth book My Bloody Revenge! and I really want to edit it right away. The only problem is I already know I do a much better job editing if I wait for a while first. In fact, the longer I wait the better I seem to do editing my own writing. A great example of that is my book It’s a stony road through Hell, I actually wrote the book years ago. I didn’t rediscover my old story until recently, and then a few months ago I edited it and published it. And hands down, it’s the best edit job I’ve ever done on my own writing.
When I compare my earlier books (that I didn’t wait to edit) to “ISRTH”, the difference is so obvious. After editing It’s a stony road through Hell, the plot was really clear, the main character had personality without being over the top, and the imagery supported the emotional environment of the main character really well. When I was done editing ISRTH, I read through my manuscript and thought, “Yep, that’s the story I wanted to tell.”
My earlier books were edited pretty good, but It’s a stony road through Hell was edited so much better.
I know that my work really shines when I give it time to age and polish it, but waiting is so hard! I want to see my books published right now. I want to share my stories while I’m still excited about them.
Does anyone have a tip or suggestion on how to not edit your book when your fingers are justa itchin’ for some editin’? If you do, please leave them in the comments area below!