My editing process can be… harsh. Some days, I gently tweak a sentence here and there. Some days, I rain devastation upon all text in my path. No scene is safe. I delete in great swathes, certain everything is complete trash.
The worst part, I think, is when I spend long minutes on a sentence. I’ll adjust the order, mess with the diction, tweak, primp… and then decide to cut it altogether. All that time wasted. Here’s a visual approximation of the technique I use way too often.
Nah. Adverbs are the enemy. Cut it.
I think I mentioned the crowds earlier. Adjectives are bad. Cut it.
I made it clear that he’s on the street. Cut it.
Ok. Now it just sounds awkward. Cut it.
At this rate, I will only be completely happy with my work when there’s a blank page staring back at me.