There's a very fine line between pleasure and pain. I frequently ask myself why on earth I would put myself through some of the things I do (*ehem* grad school *cough*), and I don't always come up with good answers. For example, when it comes to grad school, I really love learning, and I love the puzzles that need to be worked out, but I HATE the hours upon hours (upon hours...) in the library, the fact that my evenings and weekends are never my own, and that I hardly get to visit my mom even though she only lives a couple of hours away.
When I first started grad school, that pain WAS pleasure for me. I think I'm too jaded now. Lately it's just pain.
I thought not.
But we all know, on the other side of the editing chasm, there's a beautiful result just waiting for us, and so we plug through.
As I'm working on revisions right now, I keep reminding myself of this—the end result will make it all worthwhile. But I want it to be more than that. I want to convert the pain of revisions into pleasure. I want to learn how to enjoy the process more. This clearly will not happen by, say, 7:30, but I think I can find the way. Maybe I just need more practice :)
For you, does revising equal pleasure or pain, or something in between? How do you keep yourself motivated though the process? Any advice?