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Friday, August 1, 2008

I got something to say--okay, well, actually, no I don't

For the first time in seven months, I'm not writing.

Seven months.

It feels really weird.

I could be writing. I have ideas and all. But what I really need to be doing right now is editing. I have a completed first draft and three-quarters of a second draft, and if I don't put the time in to make it better, it will be just a great big writing exercise. I also think it's a good idea to let my story ideas ferment a bit, so that when I start again, I'll be creative and ready to go.

But it still feels weird.

6 comments:

bish said...

take a month off.

Joe Iriarte said...

Before writing more or before revising?

C. A. Bridges said...

Write something else. Ideally something different from what you just finished. Throw yourself into it, and after a few weeks - or whenever you think it's right - go back and read this work again. By then it'll be out of your short-term memory and you can be a little more removed when you go in for the edit.

But don't stop writing.

Joe Iriarte said...

Howdy, Chris!

bish said...

Before revising. It will give you a new perspective of the work.

walkie-talkie said...

On my second book, I didn't look at the manuscript for a year. I had heard about the month thing. The first few weeks were hard as hell to stay away. After a month I decided I still wasn't ready and 11more months slipped away until I was. I was able to see my errors quite clearly after the break.