Very recently (as in, up until yesterday) I spent a lot of time editing. And by a lot of time, I mean that’s pretty much all I did. I didn’t write. I let my daughter watch WAY too many movies. My Fitbit was constantly prodding me to get up and move.
It was a tough process for me. I kept correcting mistakes or changing awkward sentences and the more I did it, the more I found. It was like a never ending cycle.
I read through it over and over. I read it aloud. I ran it through some software to find mistakes I wasn’t seeing. I had my computer read it to me (this was super helpful other than the weird way it pronounced some character names.) I ran it through the software again. Read it aloud. Rinse, repeat.
I finally just had to put it down. I started to feel confused about whether or not I had repeating lines. Maybe I just read it so many times; I thought I did. Was I fixing things anymore or just finding things to change?
This is also when my imposter syndrome is at its worst. I feel so inadequate and well, losery (I know that’s not a real word, but it is just so accurate.)
Writers out there, I’m curious–what does your editing process look like? How do you know when you’ve finished? Have any tips?