Just yesterday I got the crits back on the last 1/4th of the novel I wrote this winter. So now on my horizon are the massive rewrites needed to strengthen this novel.
For me, it's like a maze, lots of ways to go, but only one really good one. I'm a self admitted sufferer of WADs (Word Attachment Disorder). I don't seem to have any trouble tweaking the minor things, the over-use of words, repetitive sentence structure, places where I was unclear. It's the structural rewrites that give me fits. One of my crit partners pointed out a weakness at the end of this novel that I suspected but hoped they would let slide. (Like THAT Ever Happens) I'm faced with a major rewrite.
In the current WIP, I had to go back to the beginning and change both the hero's motivation and his family associations. It has taken me over a week to comb through the first 70 pages. And I know it will need another going over once the ms is finished.
I wonder if there is an offshoot of WADs that includes a propensity for impatience and a shying away from the hard work? I'd sure like to have a perfect ms the first time out of the box. But that's not how it works. It takes a lot of polishing, reworking, rewriting, critiques. So I'll buckle down and rewrite.
Anyone else got WADs? With the Impatience Gene?