I have a love-hate relationship with editing.
Being the type of person who is appalled and embarrassed to have others discover mistakes in my work, I use editing as a way to polish my work before I show it off to anyone. I have one alpha reader who reads most of my work while it is in progress because she is the most familiar with my characters and can often judge if I have a scene or reaction makes sense, and of course she sees my work in its unedited glory. She is also my best friend and a fellow writer, who isn’t afraid to say, “Uh, what were you thinking?” No one else should see it that way. To me, an unedited work is like being in your underwear. You don’t necessarily want everyone to see you in that state. Continue reading