Tiger's Mate to me for the final read through. I love this part of the process. It's one of my favorite parts of the writing process.
Why? I think it's because I know it's too late to make any big changes. All the major problems have been fixed and I'm mostly looking for spelling and grammatical mistakes. The plot holes have been filled, loose ends tied up and character missteps ironed out.
I'll probably work on this every free moment for the next seven days and send it back over the weekend. Then I'll get back to my current WIP which happens to be the next book in this fantasy romance series. I love creating a new book. It's one of my favorite things in the writing process.
I also enjoy the second draft when I search out all those passive verbs, repetitive phrases and pet words which for me is usually, 'just.' I usually have a list of things I need to fix in the plot I refer to when I work on the second draft. It takes me about a third of the time to do a second draft compared to the first draft. Maybe that's why it's one of my favorite parts of my writing process.
You probably figured out where this is going. With the exception of writing a synopsis, I enjoy every part of writing a novel. Each draft, first, second, final and even the polishing in between, have attractions. I didn't used to like editing. I just wanted to write new stuff all the time. But since I published my first book, I enjoy fine-tuning a manuscript into a novel someone might want to buy and read.
So what is your favorite part of the writing process? Which part do you find the most challenging? Name a few of your favorite things.