The Desert of Editing

I am in the process of finishing a paper I have been working on for quite a while. I have come to the conclusion that, even though I don't like editing, it is worth it.

When I sit down to write, I feel a sense of wonder that I do not get when editing. When I sit down to edit, it is a slow drudge through the desert of thorns, broken bones, and molten rock.  

Yet, I know when I reach the end of the desert, my writing will be so much better. I will arrive at the shores of a crisp clear ocean of joy, splendor, and ice cream with a finished piece of writing that is worth reading. 

When you create, what is your desert?