I wrote the first scene in the novel and I read it aloud to my writer’s craft group as an illustration of showing what the characters’ were feeling through their actions, without saying a word about their feelings.
When I looked at the scene before I read it, I realized I had to flip a couple of sentences around for impact, take out some extraneous words and make a few more changes.
It made the scene much stronger.
I enjoyed fine-tuning the scene. My goal is to write the best novel I can and editing is another chance to make the story exactly what I want it to be.
So I don’t see editing as a separate process in writing– as some of my friends insist it is– but instead as a continuation of the writing.
Something to enjoy and not avoid, after all.