You have everything under control.
You’re first draft has been written and re-written and you finally see where things are supposed to going, precise details and all.
You have outlined your work and adjusted for discrepancies and holes. You have deleted scenes and added in missing ones.
Now, you think you are ready to take those next to final steps when you read, and comment, and then go back in and edited for voice, style, description, setting, etc.
But then you realize it: There are more holes! Hang on, my whole time frame in these scenes is off. And this scene – what does it do? It doesn’t move the story forward at all! And wait, neither does this one!
And you have to outline again, and then you find more holes and more discrepancies, and you think *#$*#* will this never ^&*%*&^$ end!!!
And your mind whirls, and you want to scream and throw something. But, you can’t, because really you’re doing all this ’cause you’re writing one damn good novel, and you’re taking all the steps to get to that fantastic end product.
Even if there are a hundred, a thousand steps more than you thought you would have to take.
Of course, I’m talking about me, and the part about writing one damn fantastic novel is brain washing.