Edits and My Self-Esteem
Written By: Lisa Fox – Dec• 16•13
I like getting edits. I really do. My work is always a million times better after it has gone through the editing process, the story is always stronger, the characters more sincere. My editors have made me better writer and I’ve learned important lessons from them all.
I know all this and yet when I receive revision suggestions, I always go through this period where I feel like I’ve failed my editor in some deep and significant way. The first time I open that Word document and see all that bold color within all I can think is: If only I was a better author, I wouldn’t need to make my poor editor work so hard! Why didn’t I see that? It’s so obvious? How could I have missed that plot hole? What was I thinking when I wrote that sentence? Terrible!
I look over all the comments once, wince and moan, and then I close the document down. For one day, maybe two if the deadline isn’t that tight, I let myself wallow in my failure. I take the time to curse the gods and bemoan my decision to ever think I could be a real and accomplished writer.
And then, the next day, I open the document again and get to work. Because I have to. Because my editor’s right. And because I love this job so, so, so, so much even editing is a treat.
Still, that first hit is KILLER.
How do you all deal with edits? Do they crush you at first or do you receive them happily?