I think I've talked, rather written, about the subject of editing a gazillion times. Now hold on, don't give up on me too quickly! This isn't about my current editing project, so don't fret :)
I just wanted to reiterate that I believe the difference between a writer and an author is editing.
Editing means everything. The ideas that we first put down are great, but they need work. And they need work for a while. They need to be considered, pondered, cut, added to, and done again about three more times.
There is a point you have to stop though as well. Eventually you'll start editing the good stuff out. But when you find that balance something about editing becomes magical! Editing is SO much work, yet it is so worth it.
Agents and publishers want work that is special, unique, and polished. But that wonderful equation only comes from a manuscript that has been edited, read, and reedited. Write your amazing novel. Then edit it. Next, have your betas and critique partners read it after you think it's perfect, and then edit it again with the suggestions you agree with.
These things are hard to remember when you hate editing, like me, but oh so important. Who agrees with me? Who else hates editing but understands its merit and pushed through anyways.
What do you think about editing? Thoughts and opinions?