I have to be honest. Capitoline Hill is the first book of my own that I've ever edited, despite being the fourth one I finished. In the past, I've always been the love-em-and-leave-em type, but I really want to make this relationship work. I'm willing to put in the extra effort because I think we can go far together.
But this editing thing? Man, it's just... a pain in the ass. I've never felt quite this level of frustration and elation mixed together. Every once in awhile, I'll hit a scene that's really just well done, and I'll think, "I knew I could write." Then I'll finish that scene, and it's back to, "I suck. Why would anybody read this crap? And how could this whole kerfuffle of stuff take place in two days?!"
Timeline seems to be the biggest problem for me, followed by continuity. The entire book spans about two weeks, which is just not enough time for everything that happens. But I seem incapable of just having periods of downtime that I could gloss over (two weeks is expanded by the way. The original draft took place in less than a week. I need it to be more like two months).
Some of the continuity problems came from doing a rewrite and copying and pasting parts of the first draft into it. I can deal with those. Just like I can deal with the awkward word choices and the adverb-mania. But I really need to start keeping a character chart or something to prevent issues like, "His voice was higher-pitched than I'd have expected"/"[He said in] a deep baritone." And at some point I should probably commit to exactly how long Quinn's been back home. In one chapter it's two weeks; in the next, it's over a month.
I sat with a reporter's notebook and filled four pages with comments while I was re-reading CH, which range from mundane word choice notes to angry insults (at myself). They're actually a bit amusing to read, though I imagine they'll be considerably less amusing to fix.
What's your editing process like?