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Taking a breath

I’m revising a new novel.

I’ve had to add a scene, delete another, restructure a couple of chapters, tinker with characters throughout. I’ve done the bulk of the big work—I think. And I still have some more tweaking to do.

I need a breather.

It’s not that I’ve been slaving away without break. I took breaks.

It’s not that I’m sick of what I’ve written. I think it’s pretty good.

It’s that I’ve gone over the same lines and paragraphs so often in the last few weeks that I no longer have any perspective: I know that my work isn’t complete, but as soon as I look at a page, I read one line after another without seeing the whole picture.

So I’m putting the novel down, breathing deep, and trying to think of something else for the next twenty four hours.

Any suggestions?

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ladyliberal
Sep. 9th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
I have a lot of brain-disengaging-but-still-delightful fun at:

Damn You, Autocorrect

Recipes for Trouble - a beautifully written food-and-life blog with stunning pictures. Drool at your leisure. Bonus points, because it's Canadian.

Enjoy your day off!


acebauer
Sep. 10th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 10th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Breathing is important! Although I find that I need at least a week (or more) to get a truly fresh look at what I've done. Hard to do that sometimes though...

- Debbie
http://deborahfreedman.wordpress.com/
acebauer
Sep. 11th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
I think you're right, Debbie. But I'm that "I know I can get this finished" mode -- when in fact, I am probably not going to do a good job if I just push through without giving myself space.

Grumble.
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