I used to find it really hard but it’s slowly getting easier. At first I would be tearing my hair out in despair thinking ‘OMG!?! What am I doing? I suck!’ but then I would come across a really good passage. So good I could seriously believe that little elves snuck in and did it for me.
Now I can revise it without too much drama. When I start to have a ‘tense’ moment I put it away for five and do something else. When I come back to it, it never seems that bad and I can see how to re-write it. Re-writing is such an important thing. Every newbie has to realize and accept that nothing is perfect the first time. Sure parts of your story will be! And other parts won’t. The ability to re-write and make it better is absolutely essential to get anywhere with your work.
All I need now is a few in-depth critiques, though finding a brutally honest person who’ll read it and respond in a timely manner seems almost impossible *sigh*. So far I have one who’s been an immense help (thank you Sally!) and a couple who are still WIP but giving good points (thanks Hayley & Natalia) so I’m just waiting for the one guy who’s reading it to get back to me. Patience is a virtue….right?
And while I’m thanking people for their current amazing help, Siany you are the best! (anyone who listens to my constant ramblings bout all this deserves a medal *grin*)