Editing is a sport.
Not a contact sport, not a team sport, not even an individual sport like tennis. But it’s a sport nonetheless, the sort like swimming or track and field, where what matters is beating your personal best. A faster time. A farther distance.
At the end of every editing pass is the sense of personal satisfaction: I’ve done my best; this can’t get any better. But you start again, and it does get better. The story smooths out, tightens up, pulls together.
Editing’s not about rejecting what has gone before; it’s about surpassing it. No fear. No tears. Just a growing sense of satisfaction.