The benefits of stepping back…

So, it never ceases to amaze me how a little time away from my writing, can make a world of difference.

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Each time I step away from a manuscript, I always – always – come back with better ideas, and insight I just didn’t have before. Time and again, I grow frustrated with a work, accepting defeat, admitting that I just can’t be objective any longer.

Then I step away for a month. 

Once I return to it, I am always amazed at the fresh perspective I suddenly have, at my renewed ability to see ragged holes within the storyline, spots within the script that are slow enough that I will certainly lose my readers.

What I’ve come to understand is that time away is a gift to writers.

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In the modern world of writing, it seems that every author is in a race against the next, hoping to get their story out first, striving to be the next great writer before someone else nabs the coveted spot.

But times like these remind me that I need to choose to take my time, to space out my edits, not to rush ahead before my work is complete. Even if no one else ever reads the words I’ve penned, knowing that I’ve given my best is what aids the patience I need when awaiting my next revision.

What about you – do you find time away between your edits helps or hinders your work in progress? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!

Happy reading – and writing – friends!

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