My writing pal, Tina Nichols Coury (of Rushmore Kid fame) recently asked me to share a writing tip for her blog. Wow–hard to do since there are so many bits of advice that any experienced writer could serve up. After weeks of not getting back to her because every time I thought about it my thoughts bubbled over and I couldn’t decide on just one, I finally responded to her this morning. I sent her a tip (I’ll post a link when she sets it up on her blog) but another one came to mind that I wanted to share.
It’s hard to do sometimes–especially when you’re in the groove and excited about working on something. But once you get over that initial “I’m gonna bust if I don’t work on this” phase, set it aside (and out of sight). In a drawer. On top of a cabinet. In the freezer. Whatever works for you.
After a few days (at least one week, preferably two), pull out the manuscript and viola! Fresh eyes and a clear mind will allow you to see your story more objectively. You’ll be able to spot inconsistencies and find places where clarification is needed. You’ll even discover places for improved word choices. And you might even see a spot or two where your once thought-to-be brilliance doesn’t really pan out (trust me, been there-done that!).
So be patient…let it simmer…and work on another story in the meantime.