As I work on my edits, I find myself getting a bit overwhelmed at times. It's so easy to sink under and flail about unproductively, all because I'm focusing on the trees instead of the forest. I keep telling myself to step back and look at the bigger picture--how do I need to update this scene to move the plot forward and to accommodate the changes in the story?
I also have to keep reminding myself that, as our old friend Voltaire first said, the perfect is the enemy of the good. In fact, I should probably print this quote out and plaster it everywhere. My book will not be perfect, and I'm only paralyzing myself if I think I can make it so. That is not to say that I want to do a crappy job with my edits, but it's important to keep in mind that any words are better than no words, and I'm not chiseling these things into stone--they can be modified or erased at the click of a button.
Fellow authors, how are you faring during the holidays? Making any progress? How do you approach edits?
Stay safe! :)