Dear readers, I am currently in the throes of line edits for my WIP.
As I edit, I've been thinking about the different parts of the writing process, and what I enjoy about them.
Each part gives me satisfaction in a different way. The first draft streams out of me. I think about it in the shower or when I should be sleeping. I can't wait to get it out and down on paper. I enjoy spending time with characters and a story just becoming new to me.
Big picture revisions are fun too. I can see the building blocks falling into place. I feel like 'real work' is being done in getting the story to work.
Line edits are satisfying in a different way. I can see the prose tighten and improve in front of me. I feel the style and quality of my writing truly gets better at this point.
There is a point, during both sets of revisions, where my motivation becomes more about completing the act and getting to the end, than about the drive to edit.
How about you? What do you enjoy about different stages in the writing process? Do you have a stage you like best?