The other day I got edits for Path of Angels 1 from my writing partners. I always have to take a moment (or two) to prepare myself to jump into edits. The red ink can be discouraging and overwhelming at first, but it will help make the story stronger.
These edits made me realize something - a little writer's confession for me at least, but I wouldn't be surprised if other writers shared the feeling. There is always a small part of me that hopes when I send out my stories to my betas that it will come back with barely any red. The only red is to correct a typo that slipped through. No plot holes, inconsistencies, or major rewrites. When I see all that red, I'm a little disappointed in myself.
I get over the disappointment fast. Reality, after all, is no first draft (or second or third) is perfect. I am well aware that I am not an exception. I don't think any writer really is. But that small hope lingers with each story. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that all writers aspire to write the perfect story the first time. We are a hopeful lot. Or deluded. =P