Step Away From Your Novel

#writetip

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.”

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7 thoughts on “Step Away From Your Novel

  1. Good for you Kristina. It is amazing what we see when we take a step back. Not only with our writing, though that’s iminently important, but other aspects of our life as well.

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  2. Distance really helps me to be objective about what I’ve written. Once the words have had a chance to cool, I’m much more able to edit them as if they’d been written by someone other than myself.
    That, and I have a lot of fun reading my stories once I’ve forgotten some of what I’ve written!

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