I’m putting my YA paranormal fantasy through another round of edits. I still have fond memories of writing the first draft. How the words just seemed to flow in some places and how hard I struggled to get others to reveal themselves. In the first round of edits I checked for grammar and spelling errors. The next round, I honed the manuscript to get rid of the weak words and make every sentence, every paragraph stronger. The content for the most part stayed the same.
Since then, I’ve read multiple writing craft books and have continued to get feedback from critique partners. I’ve forgotten which draft I’m on. All I know is I’m editing like it belongs to someone else. I’m letting go of scenes I love because they don’t make the plot stronger. I’ve revised the opening to make the main character’s goal less subtle and to highlight the impending conflict. I’ve made dramatic improvements in the world building which also adds tension. My writer’s pride is on the shelf and my inner editor isn’t shy with her red pen. Pretending someone else wrote this story and forgetting how hard I worked for the words on the page makes it easier to see the mistakes.
How do you get in touch with your inner editor? Is it easy for you to step out of the way? How do you know when to fight and when to let go?