Oh the editing process. Nothing But Darkness is pretty good, but it's on it's way to getting a lot better.
I've exchanged my thriller with critique partners and my hubby. A bit ago I got a whole lot of suggestions for editing from one. Most I'll use and change, a select couple I'll respectfully disagree with.
Though these suggestions are small (and mostly easy) they do add up. After making the specific changes that were suggested I had a list of general things to look for and correct through out the whole novel. I need to look at every page with 10 or so things/themes/ideas in mind to look for and correct.
I made the decision to just start editing from the beginning again. It made sense to totally start over since I'd have to go back and re-do the first 16 chapters anyways, so why not do it chronoloically and with my list fresh in my mind.
At first I was bummed that I had more than a thing here and there to fix. The list of notes and edits felt so daunting, overwhelming, and discouraging. For a little while I felt like a failure, but I remembered I rock. I'm prettu good at writing, and I wrote the damn thing during NaNo so I'm allowed mistakes.
Plus now that I've started doing the edits I'm feeling better. They still don't require me to overhaul the whole plot or characters or anything really. I just have to fix a lot of little mistakes.
Here's to hoping I stay this optimistic throughout my 270+ pages I still have left to edit!
I remind myself what Dori said, to just keep swimming :) and that plus my hubby's support should keep a smile on my face through daunting edits :)