When You Feel Like You’ve Been Editing Forever…

by | 13 September 2019 | Life, Writing | 15 comments

Editing is hard work.

First of all, you have to make some sense of that first draft chaos. Then you have to make it actually good. All the characters and the plot and the world building and all. the. things. And it doesn’t happen after one lot of edits. (I wish.)

It’s very easy to feel like it’s been going on for-evah, and you just want to be done already!

I’ve definitely been there before. 😂


For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been working on editing one of my novels on and off for the last two and a half years. It’s been a huge journey, the story has changed countless times and in so many ways.

I thought I was going to be finished at the beginning of this year, but I’m still here and still editing. I just got it back from a professional editor, and guess what’s next for me guys?

More editing. (Send help. 😅)

Even though it’s only been a bit more than two years, that’s by far the longest I’ve ever had to work on one story for and there’s a part of me that really, really wishes it was done already.


So today I’ve got a word for the writers. For those of you who are just starting on editing your novels. For those who are mid-slog. For those who feel like they’ll never be finished. Even for those of you who’re only just starting to write.

And also for me, because we all need a pep talk sometimes, right? 😛


Keep your eyes on the goal, and never give up. It’s a long, hard slog, but it’s perseverance that gets you to the end.

Everyone has a different journey. Some people will get to milestones faster than others. Take joy in your journey.

Don’t be afraid that you’ll be too late or miss your opportunity, because it will all happen in the perfect timing. You need only persevere and trust.

Let change happen! Your story will never improve, if you don’t take the risk and scrap parts of it. Sometimes even your favourite parts have to be removed for the benefit of your whole story. Be wise, but know that it’s worth it.

There is an end. It won’t be like this forever. Be present where you’re at, but let yourself dream too. You will finish one day. This hard work will pay off. One day you’ll look back and think “I did that” with a smile on your face. It won’t be perfect, for sure, but it is enough. 💕

Keep on going! The finish line could be closer than you realise.


Writers, what’s happening in your WIPs at the moment? Have you ever edited your manuscript before? Chat with me in the comments!

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Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Lila Kims

    Thank you SO much for this post, Jane! I needed to hear that. ❤

    • Jane Maree

      Keep on persevering, Lila! 💕

  2. Buddy J.

    *sniffs…* Yeah… *sighs*

    So, I’m using a slightly different process, where I don’t start editing until I have a draft I’m ready to work with and pull through to the end. Currently I’m in the very early stages of draft three, 4k words in.

    The biggest issue for me (a panster) has been consolidating a plot. I get these lovely characters, and a REALLY cool world, but the context… ah!

    Anyway, it’s moving. But sometimes it feels like I’m mining through rocks that have nothing but more rocks beneath them.

    What’s happening in my manuscript right now (that word feels good to say [manuscript])?

    I think this best way to describe it is like this: A man, a knight; alone, in the night… all of that in one. Only, more science fiction-y. And in a mountain, not the night. Also, there’s a big city divided in two. Yeah.

    • Jane Maree

      Yay for draft three!! Who even needs a plot anyway, right? 😅 But one day this rocky stage will be over and you’ll get to see the fruit of all this hard work!

      Wow, dude, your story sounds both crazy and intriguing! Keep up the hard work! 😄

  3. Quinley

    I happen to be editing one of my books right now (Tess Short {book one}) and it feels like the editing and world building for it is taking a long time and I really, really, want to get it published. But I am so glad you made this blog post because it felt really uplifting, like with writing editing should take as long as it needs to take, and don’t try to rush it. 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      I feel you! I’m so glad this post encouraged you. ❤

      So true! Editing should take as long as it needs, and it’ll be worth it in the end!

  4. Mem

    HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE EDITING…SO MUCH FUN… *screams* Ahem, anyway. Thanks for this reminder Jane!!! It was really good. <33

    • Jane Maree

      It is! But it also isn’t! It’s like a paradox sometimes. 😂

      Thank you for reading! And I’m so glad you liked it. 💕

  5. Buddy J.

    😂 Oh no! Don’t tell me I don’t need a plot! Not at this stage. *sighs* Yes, one of these days… I look forward to that day, I work forward to that day.

    And the story is certainly intriguing to me, at the least. 😉

    • Jane Maree

      Go forth! Plot that beast!! 😛

  6. CG @ Paper Fury

    Oh I totally relate to this! Also the “let change happen” is SO important. I think we often think the whole “Kill your darlings” thing is about characters, but truly it’s about letting yourself edit and cut things without whining too much. (That’s @ me. I whine too much ahhah.) I hope you get through this round of edits!! *sends cake*

    • Jane Maree

      Yess, so so true! I really struggle with cutting stuff I like, but ahahh I have to make myself do it anyway. 😅

      Thank youuu! *devours cake*

  7. Buddy J.

    And apparently my comment didn’t land in the right place.

    • Jane Maree

      Haha, that’s okay. My comments have been glitching weirdly lately anyway, so blame it on the glitch. 😛

      I can’t reply to any of the comments on the post. I have to do it from the back end/dashboard. Thanks a lot, glitch. 😅

      • Buddy J.

        Haha! Thanks… I’ll blame it on the glitch.

        And yes, I have that issue on my blog too. Though… part of me enjoys the POWAH of doing things from the back end.

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