Okay, so I kicked my own ass yesterday and got the final three pages of notes taken care of. Then I emailed the book to my Kindle again. This morning I opened it up and read a little bit.
And I have officially entered the 'this is dreck and I hate it' phase of book editing. I may end up doing a total rewrite of the beginning. Again. Or I might see how it looks later after I've had more coffee and a few more cigarettes... Maybe lunch... and a nap. First thing in the morning is never a good time for me to judge my own work.
That's an important thing to realize about yourself and your own writing, you know. When is the best time to be objective about your work?
Personally, in order to be as objective as possible, I don't go through a first draft until I've had enough time to sort of forget what I wrote. (Not hard for me, with my memory.) Time brings distance. Two weeks is usually a good amount of time for me. With this book, I didn't wait the two weeks because it had been so long since I wrote the beginning, I had distance from it. This is something I've learned about myself and my writing.
Like I said, I don't function well in the morning. At least not the creative part of my brain. Editing or writing first thing is out - even if I'm under deadline. Why put myself through that and potentially make things worse?
Being aware of when you work best is key. If you've been around here long enough, you've seen me talk about the fact that I write at night. I started doing it when I was homeschooling and the only time I had to write was after dinner when the school day was done and the house was quiet again. And it stuck, so even years after Owl was grown and moved away, I write at night. I do other things during the day - edits are okay, marketing is fine, business stuff during the day is best. New words? After dinner only. In a pinch, I can write new words in the afternoon. It's my process and it works for me.
The point is doing what works for you. Regardless of what anyone else says about their process. This is my process. Find your process and work it.
When is your best time to write? Do you give yourself time between writing the book and editing it? If you're not a writer, what time of day do you do your best work?