Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gotta step away sometimes

I think this advice can be taken by anyone, not just writers. Every once in a while we need to step back...step we can look at things more objectively.

I am stepping away from my story. It's a novelette I wrote a while back. It was originally just under 10,000 words and was written for a romance magazine that has a 10,000 word max. Obviously they did not want it (well, actually..I'm not sure...I never heard back and it's been a good 7-8 months). I have been editing it like crazy lately...perfecting it, adding to it, in hopes that my publisher will want to publish it. So far I've added over 2000 words to it and really put a ton of energy into showing instead of telling. I think it's miles from where it was when I started.

But now I need to step away. I took an excerpt to my writers group and got some great feedback and some things to work on. I did them and hopefully accomplished what I needed with the changes. But now I need to step back. I need to give this story a rest...I will go back to it in a week or so.

So in the meantime, I did pull out another piece..another romance novelette. This one majorly needs a POV (point of view) change. I'm coming to find I do prefer romance written in 3rd person. It's so nice to include the guy's perspective......considering in real life we NEVER can tell what our man is thinking. At least in fiction, I can give that to my readers! :)

But anyway, I may take next week off....and GASP! no writing/editing whatsoever. Double GASP! I think my brain needs a vacation. I have holiday cards that need to be made and about a zillion photos that need to be cropped and matted and arranged onto unique scrapbook layouts!


  1. Sometimes we do need a break! Then we can come back and see it through fresh eyes! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Have a great break! I think it's a good idea to have some time away.

  3. It's amazing what you can see in a manuscript after a break from it. And yes, taking a complete "pause" from writing does wonders for inspiration, too.

    The guy's perspective is my favorite part to write! LOL. No idea if I get it right, or just get it the way we women think he'd think, but... fun nonetheless.