I hate the process of editing.
I hate going back through something I’ve written and pushing that delete button over and over again. I know it’s a necessary evil when writing, but it seems so cruel. I mean, what did those words do to deserve that?
Some of the things I’m deleting from the first chapter of my last work:
1) The entire first two pages after I introduce the main character in which I actually use a flashback to breakfast with his mother to set up the back-story. Bah! It’s gone!
2) The description of the shopkeeper’s laughter as “maniacal.” Let’s be honest – how often have you heard someone laugh that way?
3) The color of each character’s eyes. I don’t know why it is so darn important to me that the reader know specifically what shade a character’s eyes are. Denim blue…stormy gray… Who writes this stuff?
I will forge ahead into the second chapter tonight, mercilessly hacking away with my delete button. Bad writing — Beware!