For the last month I've been spending a lot of time thinking about the manuscript I've just finished. I was determined to give it a rest for several weeks, but I failed about halfway through that and picked it back up after nine days. Those nine days though, they brought me some clarity.
To be fair, when I started to edit the MS again I hadn't looked at the first ten or so chapters in at least two months, so I was pretty fresh. What has been astonishing to me is how different the editing process is than the writing process.
I can sit down at a coffee shop (or on my couch) and write solidly for 5-8 hours, no problem. As long as I have no other obligations and a steady stream of caffeine, food, and water I think I could write indefinitely.
Not so much with editing. After about 2,000 words (or 8ish pages) my eyes go all blurry and I no longer see mistakes. I have to get up and walk around or take a bike ride or watch some youtube videos or something, anything, else before I can get back to business.
That's making this editing process really slow going for me. I'm averaging about three chapters a day, which feels like a SNAIL'S pace. It's even slower (but way better) when I read (mutter) aloud to myself as I go. It makes me feel a little nuts, but it's SO helpful, especially with dialogue.
What's your editing process like? Are you slow? Fast? How do you go about it?