I’m editing my novel. Again.
I don’t feel like telling you how many agains I have done in the course of turning out the best story I can deliver. But suffice it to say that when I received some wonderful feedback that convinced me I needed to go another round, I started off with determination!
And ended up huddled under my bed covers with a glass of wine, a box of tissues, and a romance novel where people actually get happy endings.
What I hadn’t counted on was a phenomenon I should easily spot by now: editing grief.
You’ve heard of the five stages of grief, right? It’s the notion that when you experience a deep loss, you go through five phases of emotion: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. Editing can awaken all of these emotions as well.
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