You know, I've posted several times about revisions and how painful they can be. The thought of facing the monumental task of whipping Emerald in shape was daunting to say the least. I do believe I did a lot of cringing. (And procrastinating)
Then I started the new WIP.
The perfect ending hasn't come to me yet, so I decided while I wait to revise. I've been writing, revising, writing a little more, revising some more, etc lately.
And there has been no cringing.
Yes, there are more -ly words than I will ever admit to, sentence fragments, missing commas, and all sorts of wording errors and omissions. Yet I still don't cringe.
I realized -- I've fallen in love. I am so head-over-heels for this story I don't think anything about it could make me cringe. I love revising it! I love fixing all the adverb-filled sentences and making them stronger because I AM IN LOVE.
Forgive me for being slow on the uptake, but I didn't know this was possible! The first book I ever sat down and wrote was in high school -- never even went back and read it. The second book I wrote -- well, tried to write -- is stuffed in a drawer, too painful to gaze upon. Then came Emerald. The first book I ever loved enough to go through the painful revisions. I never loved the revision process though.
Now to have this WIP, and to have so much love for it that I'm looking forward to revisions? I'm a little bit in shock. I don't quite know how to handle it. Well, except to plant butt in chair and go for it.
What about you guys? Ever experienced the love so deep you can't wait to revise it over and over and over again?