I know Wednesdays are supposed to be Cover Girl days, but that’s not going to happen this time. Next week — promise.
Today I’d like to ramble about distance. Everyone over at AW (a super cool place that you should check out sometime) recommends the same thing about distance: it’s NECESSARY
For example, when you finish the rough draft of your novel, you should wait at least a week, preferably longer, before beginning edits. And then, when you think the novel is done, set it aside for another week or two before coming back to it with fresh eyes.
I disagreed with that for a long time. Mostly I’m just obsessive, and I never wanted to wait a week or two because I was too excited to edit. So I’d plunge into new drafts with excited eyes, but not fresh eyes.
With THE INBETWEEN, I took a break. Well, lots of breaks because it took me a year and a half to finish. But the biggest break was from the middle of August (when I finished) until yesterday, September 15th. Almost a month. Granted, that was because I have no life anymore and no time to write. But it completely convinced me that distance is necessary.
As I was skimming the manuscript before sending it off to agent #2, I fell in love with distance. I was so close to the story in August that I had every sentence almost memorized, and my mind would supply words that weren’t there, automatically fix the typos in my head. Bad. But yesterday, since I had forgotten most of the sentences, I saw everything. There were so many embarrassing typos. So many missing words.
Distance is good.