I've seen a lot of great posts and discussions around web world lately about the process of writing, the various stages, and which parts people like--and don't like. There are those who love drafting but editing makes them want to commit hari-kari with a paper clip. Some find drafting akin to pushing a VW bus through the eye of a needle but hit their stride when it comes to revision. For some, the brainstorming is the best; others say brainstorming is the bane of their writing existance.
And to each of these discussions, I added the overly cheerful, pert answer that I liked all the stages of writing. I love ideas, I love the first draft, I love revising, I love combing the manuscript with a purple pen and transcribing the changes. Love it all. Merrily I tripped on through more revisions and edits and created a nice, crisp manuscript. I was a happy prancing elf the whole way through.
I forgot about one, single, critical, terrible part of the process. Sitting. The part where you send your MS off to beta readers, and shove it in a (mental or physical) drawer, and promise yourself not to fiddle with it or even look at it until you've gained perspective.
I hate sitting. I'm itching to open my document, read it again, play with a few things, decide if it's ready. But the thing is--I'm not ready. I don't have enough distance yet to really appreciate or criticize it. It needs time to ferment, for the ideas to bubble up.
I can't wait for this stage to be over...but at least I found my least favorite part of writing. And thank goodness it's a pretty small part.
What about you--favorite and least favorite parts of writing? Does anyone--gasp!--actually enjoy the sitting-on-it part of the process?