It can take years to edit a novel after the first draft. The temptation is to rush it, or skip the process all together, especially if you are a new writer eager to get your manuscript of to an agent or publisher.
It is also a skill in itself. But once your into it, it can be amazing. Like chipping away at an ice-block to reveal a masterpiece within. (Well hopefully!) It takes time, courage and an eye for pace and a ruthless desire to work to the demands of the story and to the rhythm of the prose.
In fact once you do hit your stride you have to be careful that you don't become to edit happy and cut off so much stuff that at the end of it you are left with something with no soul or the size of a postcard. Mind you if you got it that small you could always stick a stamp on it and mail it to an agent, that way you could claim that your whole manuscript was being considered by dozens of agents.
Perhaps in the end this article and all like it on editing are nonsense. Instead do what "David Blaine" does in the clip above. Use magic.
Go on believe.
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