I used to hate editing. No sooner had I written one piece than I rushed to start another. Now, however, I love it almost as much as writing the first draft. There are a number of reasons for this change of heart.
The first is studying creative writing at the University of East Anglia where revision and editing was recommended as an essential part of writing, as important as any other part of the creative act, whether planning and plotting or writing the first essential draft.
The second is reading Sol Stein‘s excellent books ‘Solutions for Writers‘ and ‘Solutions for Novelists‘ both of which have lots of great advice about revision and editing. I have read other books which have also been useful but for me Stein’s books are superbly thought-provoking and practical.
The third is the pleasure I have gained from noticing when something is not working, planning potential changes, tussling with the piece and finally coming up with something which says what I want better than the original.