When I first start editing, I tend to focus on the positive. I make myself think only about the positive; the stuff I love about my novel, how good it’s going to be when I’m through editing. And that keeps me going for awhile. Then, as all the frustration starts to build up, I take a new tack, as my new computer background shows.
This phase is when the hard stuff gets done. But first, there’s a transition period. That’s the period where I sit on my desk, cry, and listen to really loud music with my headphones on. I basically despair of ever getting anything done, ever.
Then comes the actual “This is your book; it sucks, etc” phase. I give myself a good shake. I make myself a new computer background. I tell myself: This is the first draft, girl. It sucks. You knew it would when you started writing. It’s not going to stop sucking on its own. So suck it up and get some work done so you can have a book you can be proud of.
This cycle occasionally happens while I’m still in the writing stage, too.