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How long do you shelve a novel before editing?

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

Postby Brien Sz » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:14 pm

Everyone is wired in their own way and one has to find out what works best for them. On articles with a deadline - I live with it. I may have to step away for a break and do something completely different to clear my mind but that is one thing. As for novels and my experience, I write a draft and put it away for a couple weeks so I can detach from it - so my darlings aren't quite so darling when I revisit them, then kill them.

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

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

Postby cynfranks » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:10 pm

Ask yourself, "What would Dickens do?"



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