Asked • 03/14/19

How to survive editing?

I am currently trying to edit a one my most recent novel. Trying is the keyword. I asked a few people to read my book as beta readers, but all of them have been busy, so no progress on that front. I have a list of what I consider the major plot problems in my book, but I can't find the energy to fix them. My book is littered with bad style (I did write it across two NaNoWriMos, so it is naturally in need of some heavy editing), but I can't bring myself to edit the style before the plot is fixed. Every time I go to edit, I find myself sitting and staring at the screen. Editing, I have learned, is a painful process. I can't get in the mood to edit. What are your suggestions to fight editor's block? Should I try to find more beta readers and try harder to get them to read it? Should I try to ignore the pain, and edit anyways?

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Henry I. answered • 03/14/19

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