One thing that some writers need to learn is that when in the revision and editing process there is a point where if you do any more revisions,your going to lose your voice. Or that editing it over and over is actually destroying the story.
In my opinion, you can only cut out so many words and add so many things and change the sentences around so many times before it all starts to sound like drivel.
For example I have sent a few of my first chapters out for critiques for the LDStorymaker Writers Conference First Chapter Contest. One of the stories was wordy and I spent some time revising those sentences so they read better.
The origional sentence read:
I could tell that my avoidance of the subject was garnering me unwanted attention from the man who held my existence in his hands.
I revised the sentence to read:
I could tell I was garnering unwanted attention from the man who held my existence in his hands.
See, less wordy and reads better, While still getting the message across. However I could have been tempted to revise the sentence again to look like this:
I was getting unwanted attention from him.
Sure it's cleaned up and nice and precise, but I have lost my voice by cutting it too much. There is a point in which we need to turn off the internal editor and close the notebook or word program. Is that story perfect? I don't believe it is, but at least it still has voice.
There's a time where we have done everything we can to a MS and it's time to put it away and start sending it out into the world. Time to let your MS stand on it's own two legs and be what it was meant to be.
While a shiny new car is nice to drive, the older car you have driven for years, has character.