Ok, so I'm relatively new at this editing thing. It's taken me a really long time to find a story I loved enough to finish, never mind edit.
You could call this a call to anyone who's got some editing experience. I need advice and I'll take it from just about anyone at this point.
My question is this: How do you get past that point where you feel like deleting thousands of words- or whole chapters- is necessary? At some point the big stuff has to end right? At some point I should move past this and start tweaking the little stuff, but I can't shake that feeling that I have to re-write the ending (which I've done twice) or the beginning (seven times) or reverse the order of chapter 3 and 4, etc. I can't seem to move past the big stuff.
Any tips? I know it can't be as screwed up as I think it is, especially since I've been working on it for two years and I'm in my second round of editing.
Do I just keep going until I realize the big "issues" are all gone?
Do I take a break from the chapter re-arranging and move on to little things for a while to get perspective?"
Am I completely losing my mind?
I'll answer that, I totally am.