Recently I finished my next novel titled “Spirit Walk” and for the past week I’ve been editing this book and it seems like the most tedious part of the writing process. I have heard about people even going as far as rewriting their entire manuscript. I’m sorry but after writing this story for months and by the way I tend to edit while I write. I just can’t see myself rewriting this entire book that is over three hundred pages long. I will admit that I have added some extra things to my story because I had some new ideas that I wanted to add to it and there were some parts of the story that I wanted to expand on but that’s as far as I will go.
Is it really necessary to rewrite the entire book when editing? I don’t think so. I think it is just a matter of what each writer wants for their story. If you feel it’s necessary to rewrite the entire book than that is your prerogative. If certain things that you wrote just doesn’t work for you and you’re not satisfied with the finished product, then maybe it is necessary to rewrite the book. But for myself, I usually have a clear cut idea in my mind of what I want to write before I dive in. I also write an outline of the entire story beforehand. Believe me, outlines help a great deal. It gives you a map to everything you’re going to write in your story.
I have been fighting with myself about whether to do my own editing or having a professional do it. If you have the money to hire a professional editor than please do so but if your short on cash than I say go on