So there I was happily editing along. I was really cranking those pages out. Change a word here, rephrase something there - no biggie. Except that's not what a rewrite is all about. That, in fact, is a polish and should be done last. But I was in my happy place and I totally missed the point where I knew there was something wrong - when in fact fixing the wrong is what this whole freaking process is all about.
Editing Pitfall #2 slapped me in the face this morning.
When you're so busy being busy that you ignore the problems you were supposed to fix - either intentionally or subconsciously.
Yep. I did over 7000 words that are now only slightly different than the words I had there originally. :headdesk:
I think part of this comes from not knowing exactly what the problem is. I know there is a problem. Finding it and fixing it? Whole 'nother story. Or maybe I'm just rationalizing. Could be I skipped the whole damn thing because I'll need to do a boatload more work and the work I've already done will be wasted. And in case you haven't noticed, I am profoundly lazy.
So, today, I'm going to start over. Throw out the 7K... well, snip it and paste it into a new file anyway... and go back to square one. And do so with my trusty notebook and red pen. (:NOTE TO SELF: Buy more red pens. )
I'm not happy about it, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do if ya want a good story at the other end. Know what I mean? And personally-imposed deadlines be damned. It'll get done when it gets done. Dammit.
Your turn to fess up. You ever get so wrapped up in your own story that you forget you were supposed to be editing it? Or if not wrapped up, so scared of the work that you conveniently bypass the hard stuff to fix all the little details?