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Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:57 pm
by Mrs Potato Head
Hey all...newbie here.

Long story short. Wrote 50-60K words from April - September. Read the whole thing, decided I wanted to change it up (grr). Ended up tossing entire novel and then writing 60K words in about 15 days or so (I was on fire!).

Now I'm ready to read-thru, but I worry that I'm just TOO CLOSE to the material right now. As in, it will be too hard for me to see things objectively because it is my baby I just finished. Do most people immediately start reading it once they type END, or do they give it a cooling off period?

Thanks in advance!

Re: Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:36 pm
by DrG2
It's commonly suggested to put it away anywhere from a few days to six months. Some folks don't take a break at all.
At least have a little party!

Re: Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:33 pm
by williamadams

Re: Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:59 pm
by shadowwalker

Re: Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:04 am
by miketom

Re: Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:11 pm
by James A. Ritchie
It's up to you. "Most" say a lot of things, but "most" generally have no name, and no track record. "Most", like "They" and "Them", are often created by the internet version of telephone tag. Some set work aside, some do not. I know far more professional writers who do not sit it aside than who do. Far, far, far more.

I never set anything aside. Very few prolific writers do. The only one I know who does is Stephen King. And he really isn't very prolific compared to most.

I don't even wait until I end the story. I edit and rewrite as I go, just as Dean Koontz and Kurt Vonnegut, and when I type the end, it's ready for submission.

This means don't worry about what "most" do. :Most is a mythical figure, less common in the real world than unicorns. Do what works for you, not what works for "most".

Re: Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:00 pm
by MaryKCahill
It's probably good to take a little break, like one of the others said, so you can have a fresher outlook. What is the piece about?

Re: Finished it! Should I take a step back now?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:25 am
by Gertegan
I take breaks alot when I'm writing, particularly when I hit writer's block, simply because when I come back to it I realize where I was going or how I painted myself into a corner so, yeah, I'd say put it down for a little while before looking over it again. A clearer head will show you what works and what doesn't.