Every writer hits a wall, or several, within a given project. Sometimes in writing or editing…prepare to be shocked…it’s hard work and requires effort. I know. Gasp! Who would’ve thought?
Since, I am currently in my editing process, I’m going to focus more on that aspect. With writer’s block, I tend to take a step back. With editing, you need to push through. You may reach a patch of writing that is so awful that you may think no amount of editing can possibly fix it. However, everything in writing is fixable. You have to move forward. Once you do, eventually (sometimes it’s a LONG eventually) you reach the end of the bad patch to find good writing on the other end. We’ve heard the saying, “All good things come to those who wait.” I agree, but with editing it’s, “All good things come to those who long-suffer through the parts that make you want to rip out your hair and throw a tantrum on the floor.”
I am happy to say that I had some rough editing that suddenly turned into easy editing. I know that there’s another patch of festering prose up ahead of me, but if I just push through the sticky editing, there will be a pot of golden prose waiting for me on the other end. This is the cycle of editing. Once all your work is glimmering, you can start submitting. But until that time, you need to keep pushing through.