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Editing A Novel Is Essential For Success

Self-editing is hard to do 165, 000. That’s the total word count for my first draft of Ava, before editing. No kidding. I sweated over that draft, lost sleep over it, obsessed over it for months on end. It was my first-born work of fiction and I was so proud. I fed my manuscript constantly, convinced that the best way to nourish a growing book was to heap words—any words—onto the pages. No detail was too small to include, and I assured myself that readers would absolutely, positively want to share in these tidbits. For nearly a year I kept right on stuffing and stuffing, never editing even once. For a solid 52 weeks, I was certain I was creating the best story ever written. And so I kept on writing and writing. By the twelfth month, my manuscript had ballooned into a fleshy entity so large...