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Words don’t flow from my pen. They spit and sputter like a car with bad plugs.  It’s not that I can’t write 3,000 words in a day. It’s that 95% of those words would be throwaways.

I know this because I’ve participated in—and nominally won—NaNoWRIMo twice. Each time I came away without a single salvageable word and a total of four lost months of writing time. You’re probably wondering how I could lose four months participating in NaNo only twice. It was easy. Not only did I waste the two Novembers, but I also squandered the preceding Octobers prepping, researching, taking notes, creating outlines. You can’t pants a NaNo, or at least I can’t.

Eric Fischer/Flickrcc

Eric Fischer/Flickrcc

But I digress. I’m reconciled to being a slow writer, in part because until now, I’ve been a lightning fast editor. No doubt attributable to my aforementioned spit and sputter writing. I do a lot of editing as I go.

Operative phrase here: until now.

You see, I’ve been editing my current WIP since November of 2015—six months, and I still don’t feel it’s ready for beta consumption.

I’m over the fact the manuscript took so long to draft. There was a lot happening in my life. But this editing thing … wow, I don’t know what to think. For me, normal editing time on a completed first draft is a month. That includes both a hardcopy edit plus reading aloud into a recorder and listening to the audio.

Anyone else out there ever suffer a particularly difficult edit? Were you able to pinpoint the reason why? Advice on how to handle this monster?