How many times have you heard or read that when you finish your first draft, and I mean a serious draft, that you should put your novel in a drawer for a couple of weeks?
I never understood this until recently. I had three readers commenting on my updated version of The Final Gate. While they were commenting, I decided to start work on my fourth novel, and leave The Final Gate alone.
Now that I am reviewing their comments and doing the final proofread, I finally get the importance of the advice.
I can see things I hadn’t seen before. Maybe it’s a passage of text that is too earnest, or maybe it’s narrative describing something I’ve already described. Without taking a break, I couldn’t see these things.
Even thought it’s hard to leave something alone that you are passionate about, I am now a believer in “Step Away From Your Novel.”