The "Grass is Greener" Syndrome as expressed in the phases of writing:
First drafts are such a pain. Pulling ideas out of the air, doing all
the heavy lifting of world-building. I can't wait to be editing this
2. Foundational edits are the worst! Figuring out where whole
scenes have to go. Adding and deleting characters. Major shifts in tone;
addressing big-picture comments like, "Make character less boring,"
and, "Have more at stake." I miss the freedom of drafting, when it
didn't have to be perfect or even good!
3. Ugh, line edits. These
would be okay if I weren't so sick of looking at the story by now. Also,
every change I make in one sentence means changing the next one. And
going through a manuscript, deleting half the occurrences of the word
"just," is not exactly thrilling. I can't wait to start something new.
If copy edits teach me anything, it is that the comma is a wily
creature whose rules can never fully be known. I'd rather be line
5. Wow, it's such a shock to start a first draft after
spending so much time on revisions, working on a manuscript that was
fairly solid. I feel like I'm floundering, facing the blank page again.
If only I could be editing instead ...
And so it goes!