So, there you are, it's the moment you've been driven toward by sheer inspiration and compelling motivation. You're writing at the peak of the plot and every bone in your body tells you 'this is good'. And you complete your first draft. Subsequent reads are rarely as exciting or exhilarating as the first, of a good story. Is it so with writing? As the writer, you are actually the first to 'hear' the story. You draw it from an inner source, or 'voice', (if you will). Then you edit, and revise, and edit, and revise and ... for you the story has lost (at least a bit) of its luster. You're hearing the same old, same old. Is there a danger, that in losing some of the initial excitement within yourself, that, that loss, carries over to the reader via your editing? And you end up losing some of the contagious vibe that the story had at the initial draft? Now edit we must, lest we be found literally wanton, but, is there a danger of too much? Is it possible to sacrifice a good story at the expense of the quest for perfect prose? My answer? I think you can render a story bland with over-editing and revision. Any comments in agreement or not will be appreciated. Furthermore, any ideas regarding how to edit without losing the luster of the initial story (hints on when enough is enough) will be greatly appreciated as this is something that I have not given much thought to.