I've stepped onto the Merry-Go-Round again. Not that I don't like the cycle of editing, submitting, editing, line edits, post line edits, final line edits and post final line edits, it's just--sigh--boring.
I mean think about it. You spend X number of days/weeks/months slaving over a new story/book. Every emotion twisted and contorted as you battle out scene after scene with your characters, only to finish and have to go through it all over again. Only this time you have to explain your motivations for why this part needs to be kept and sobbing over parts you've been told need to be cut out. Not that I really sob over losing scenes--hiss, scream, and argue, but no real sobbing.
The editing of a book, to me, resembles a Merry-Go-Round. You get on, select your horse, or cat, or unicorn, or which ever mythical beast floats your boat, and wait for the ride to begin. Then it's up and down, and round and round, like foreplay without a climax. Fun while it's happening, but not really satisfying.
Perhaps it's just me. I love the angst and emotion and the rollercoaster ride of each new story that trips through my fertile mind, I just don't get the zing from the editing aspect that I do from the creation.
Tell me, authors, how do you feel about this particular part of our jobs? So as not to leave out the readers, I'm curious to know what you've thought a writer's life was like?