Conquering Editing Ennui: How to Break Out of the Slump and Finish Your Book

I suffer from this. Must try to bring the passion of first drafting into the editing process.

Kobo Writing Life

By Shayna Krishnasamy

Every author gets there eventually. It’s your fourth time working on chapter sixteen, which you started hating two drafts ago. You know Jill needs to get into the room, cry about her dead brother, and decide to go on a date with the guy who will end up disappointing her. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong.

Keeping the words fresh and flowing while editing and rewriting is one of the hardest challenges authors face. How can you stay inspired, or even remember what inspired you to write the damn book in the first place, when you’re five or seven or twenty months into writing a novel? Is it even possible? Before you start obsessively searching online for statistics on how many authors abandon their books halfway through the editing process—a word of advice: Don’t ever go down this thorny road! It’s fraught with danger and depression—here are a…

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About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit or to find out more.

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