I had to take another break from editing my story; circumstances prevented me from working on the task. And that's probably a good thing. Editing is all about finding a balance, and I think I lost mine. At some point I fell off the balance beam and didn't have enough enthusiasm to get back on. I began dragging my feet because I didn't like the changes I was making, even though I believed they were necessary. Most of the changes I am sticking with because I still believe in them. However, I made one very big change that I've never been content with. The removal of Part I. I mentioned in a previous post that I thought maybe it wasn't as necessary as I originally believed. Now I am reconsidering. There is a lot of character development in Part I. Actually, there's a lot of everything in Part I.
I'm probably over-thinking it. And doubt does creep in occasionally. This story is unlike anything I've ever written, and I want it to be right. This is why I'm going back to the beginning. In other words, I'm asking myself the following questions: what was the point of writing the story? what was the motivation? what is it supposed to be about? And I think I've got the answers. My enthusiasm has returned!