Now, Editor Greg is very critical of Writer Greg. You see, Reader Greg was smart enough to spend time with several best selling historical fiction novels, and found a lot of ways that Writer Greg could improve. He passed this info on to Editor Greg, and he got busy picking apart nearly every page of what was a 277 page manuscript. It was obviously too long, and Editor Greg is pointing out ways to shorten word count. He is inserting commas, taking out the word "and" when it is not necessary. He is tightening prose, eliminating unnecessary paragraphs, rewriting passages and going into deep POV (having the reader be privy to characters' thoughts without using the tag "thought" or "wondered"). He is adding description, showing the story to the reader, painting a picture so the reader can be right there in the scene, feel what the character is feeling. Writer Greg finally understands what Editor Greg means by showing, rather than telling, a story.
Editor Greg's red pen is going crazy all over every page of the manuscript. Writer Greg wonders why he ever thought his story was good. Then, Editor Greg reminds him that his story is indeed good. The foundation is solid. Just like a house, everything can be torn down and rebuilt on top of a solid foundation. It can be made better so it will have more value and last longer.
Yes, it takes time. But meticulousness is not a bad thing. Editor Greg and Writer Greg both agree that only our best work should be submitted. The readers deserve that. When this book is finished, well, at least ready to be submitted to an agent and editor, it will have value. Hopefully, lots of readers will agree.