I like this quote about editing –
“I would write a book, or a short story, at least three times—once to understand it, the second time to improve the prose, and a third to compel it to say what it still must say. Somewhere I put it this way: first drafts are for learning what one’s fiction wants him to say. Revision works with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to reform it. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.” – Bernard Malamud
Some would question that revision is “one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.”
For me, I have to be in the mood. When I am, I do enjoy it very much.
I’m almost finished with my first draft of book 8, tentatively titled – A Crimson Sky for Dying. It is the 3rd in my series about a middle aged private detective named Archie Archibald.
Even though this is the 3rd in the series…the first was The Black Orchid, followed by Unsafe Harbor, which came out last November, this book starts the series off since it takes place in 1984 when Archie receives his first private detective license.
I have a few small things to add to the manuscript, but 99% of it is finished. Now the first of my three editing passes will begin. Then it’s off the my ALPHA reader and then to my editor and 2 BETA readers.