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How long do you shelve a novel before editing?

Postby DrG2 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:43 pm

I've heard the advice to put your novel away when you finish your first draft and wait for weeks or months before revising/editing.

how long do you wait?

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Re: How long do you shelve a novel before editing?

Postby MookyMcD » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:19 pm

A month, give or take a couple of days.

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Re: How long do you shelve a novel before editing?

Postby mammamaia » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:26 pm

a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on what else i was working on at the time...
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Re: How long do you shelve a novel before editing?

Postby James A. Ritchie » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:54 pm

I edit/rewrite each page as I go, so no time at all. My guess is that most of the advice to put something away for weeks or months comes from writers who aren't selling, or who never work on a deadline.

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Postby louiseh87 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:33 pm

Louise :)

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Re: How long do you shelve a novel before editing?

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Postby louiseh87 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:29 pm

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Re: How long do you shelve a novel before editing?

Postby mickeysiskel » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:06 pm

There is absolutely room for people to use different approaches on this. By the time I work my way around to editing, I am far removed from the author who wrote that first chapter (and rewrote it twice) a year and a half before, so I see no problem in digging into the editing right away.

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