On Writing and Editing

This is the fine toothed comb I'm using to go through my MS. Keeps getting stuck on the Qs.

This is the fine toothed comb I'm using to go through my MS. Keeps getting stuck on the Qs.

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?