...edit work can be enjoyable if not swallowed whole. Any attempt at cramming the entire process into a 24-hour marathon session in order to make one's deadline, will only create further migraines, (literally,) and a finished product that will mirror the quality of work that was put into it.
So says my editor..
His advice? While trudging through the pains of edit work and re-writes, allow some spare time to read something...anything, from one of the greats. It may be a sacrifice, but one worth gambling on. For that book, whatever is chosen, be it good, or not so much, may in fact guide one's re-write along the journey as if holding one's hand while crossing a busy intersection.
Lingering doubts? Trust me, it works ;)
My choice for reading material while editing "The Fall," is Stephen King's "11/22/63," an eight hundred page monster that asks the question, "what if you really could go back and undo the past, armed with the knowledge of our future?"
Would it be possible to re-write a wrong? To change the world as we know it? Or would that only restructure the inevitable?
After all, as rumor has it, the past doesn't want to change...
And sometimes, if cornered, it bites back.
Enjoy King's interview, and ask yourself, if it were possible to go back, just once, what would you change? Think about it...