Set the manuscript aside…

onwritingSet the manuscript aside, set the manuscript aside…

But I don’t want to. I’m ready to start slicing and dicing, slashing and gnashing.
But, then again, if Stephen King says set it aside, I suppose I ought.

I’m over halfway through “On Writing” and learning some essential stuffs. I’m such a n00b. I guess I had to start somewhere. So, the six chapters I finished yesterday need to ferment, or rise, or stew, or something. I don’t have much time so I shall put them aside for a week. Ok? I know that’s not much, but I’m not Stephen King, so there. I’m going to read this week, and put together some ideas for book two.

Do you set aside your manuscript at break points and let it rest before editing?

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7 comments
  1. I let it set for three months or so. That way I can return with fresh eyes. Then I go back and read it out loud and straight through, not editing but occasionally making a note. Then I start looking at it from scratch. Seems to work for me.

    You do have to remember that each writer has to develop what works for her. So whatever is working for you, that is what you should be doing.

  2. Firstly, thanks for the like over at my place. Secondly, whilst I only write short stories or novellas, I know what you mean. I rest mine but it annoys me and runs around in my head till eventually something else takes over. I find it invaluable as when I do get back to it Ihave been amazed at what I had been missing. When I came across Stephen King’s book I could have eaten the words they were so deliciously written.

  3. rueknot said:

    Oh, the luxury of time! I can see the value of setting aside a manuscript. I unintentionally did so when my niece became a part of the household — two years of sporadic additions, then about a year of nothing. Upside (gotta be positive!): I read the draft with fresh eyes able to identify what worked and what needed revision. I intend to set aside future manuscripts by choice — but for a considerably shorter length of time. I’m thinking a month at most or however long it takes to prep for the next project. A week may not be long enough for me to gain the distance I need to see what I actually wrote instead of what I meant to express.

  4. Yes. I do the rough draft. Then I do the grammer grope then I do the “Does this make sense?” review. All take a period of rest between

  5. I go through it completely and then walk away for a bit. I’m obsessed with continuity, so it drives me nuts if I don’t do it that way.

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