Have you ever been just completely overwhelmed when you’ve received edits? Maybe you thought your story was in pretty good shape but an editor found some big holes in your plot or felt your characters were too dull or that your timeline was way off. It’s easy to get discouraged when trying to tackle a lengthy set of revision comments. It’s also easy to get frustrated with an editor if he/she simply misunderstood some elements of the story and the comments/questions don’t seem valid. So, I wanted to share some advice for tackling overwhelming edits:
Always consider each comment and question, even if it seems invalid or too picky. This doesn’t mean it will be necessary to make a change, but ask yourself a few questions before dismissing it:
- Will other readers miss the same information or misunderstand in the same way?
- Is there some way I can subtly clarify so that other readers don’t end up with these same questions/comments?
- Is there some way I can improve my story in light of this?
- Is there some way I can better develop a character in light of this?
Remember that sometimes things about your story or character can be crystal clear in your mind, but you didn't necessarily make them clear to the reader. Above all, approach your revisions with a good attitude knowing that your editors are on your team and simply want your book to be the very best it can be!