They say that writing is really re-writing. You get your ideas down in a flurry of creativity, but the real writing comes when you shape it and polish it into something worth reading. Some writers love the first part and hate the second. Others really enjoy the craft of turning the original stream of creativity into something really good. They love the choosing of the right words to use, the way to integrate the subplots and create the tension and pace.
I don’t think I have done enough writing yet to know whether I like editing or not. My first Kestrel novel is being critiqued and I am waiting for it to be returned. I was in the position of knowing it wasn’t right, but not knowing what was wrong with it. I’ve edited it a few times as I have learned the craft, but reached my limits. While I have been waiting (months), I have done a lot of reading about the craft of writing, and I am starting to come up with ideas for improving it. But it’s pointless starting and then having to start over again when the critique comes in.
I was going to do NaNoEdMo, but March is upon us and I still don’t have my critique, so I can’t. I don’t really want to start something new, as I have enough on my plate with the marketing and publicity for my local history book Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth which is coming out at Easter.
So right now, editing looks very attractive indeed.