With the draft of my novel complete, I’ve been lazily ignoring it. I know, I know. It’s terrible. It has been handed off to my readers, some of whom have returned it to me. The remarks have been thus far been positive, but that’s making me a little nervous. The praise is great and does wonders for my writing ego, but I know there’s mistakes and they haven’t been addressed.
Of course, me actually rereading and editing this will help. I haven’t opened the printed out copy yet. Or the Pages document. Honestly? I’m getting nervous to look at it. In my head, it’s still a glorious little draft. The only draft that I haven’t wanted to bury my head in the sand when someone reads it. A part of me doesn’t want to find the mistakes. Editing does crazy things to me.
Part of my novel-neglect (and my blog!) has been because of school. I’m only taking 12 credits this semester, but it’s been my busiest yet! I’ve had two papers accepted into a research conference, and getting those prepared has taken more of my time than I anticipated. But I can’t blame my editing-neglect on time constraints. It’s mostly because I’m just a lazy editor for my own work. I’m a great editor for everyone else though! Funny how that works, isn’t it? ;)
How about y’all? Is there anything you dread in the writing process. Editing, drafting, and rewriting have always been a struggle for me. I’m too harsh on my own work. Do I really need to agonize over the word “and” for an hour? Exactly. ;p