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Time away from your WIP (1 Viewer)

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Robdemanc

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I have had some time out from writing, I turned my head to writing software instead, as well as reading several Stephen King books. Recently I came back and did some more writing and think I can see an improvement. However, I wonder if these improvements are simply cyclical, and have nothing to do with the time out.

Do you think having time away, like several months, is a good thing? I think I may have gained some perspective but I don't know how much yet.
 

Gamer_2k4

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However, I wonder if these improvements are simply cyclical, and have nothing to do with the time out.

I'd lean toward this. I find my good writing happens when I'm excited about what I'm writing. How consistent or inconsistent I've been has nothing to do with it.
 

squidtender

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The only time I step away from my WIP is when I finish the first draft. I take two weeks off and then start my edits. It took me just a few days over a year to finish the first draft, and I never go back to do any edits until the first draft is done. So, when I start my rewrites, it's been a year since I've seen those chapters and it's like reading it with a fresh set of eyes. In that year I've learned more about writing (thank you WF), read a dozen novels and I really think that's as good as walking away from the story completely.
 

FleshEater

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Squidtender your passion and dedication is daunting and comendable; I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your writing. That is commitment.

Robdemanc; Stephen King once suggested to write something and toss it in a drawer for a few months without thinking about it...when you come back you'll be ready to tackle it again.

Everyone is different in this aspect. I lift weights as a dedicated hobby and have learned over the years the importance of time off. The brain in its simplest form is a muscle; I personally feel, for me, that a break every so often is a must. During that break I relax and do not concern myself with my works. Sometimes even a weekend not thinking about it opens the flood gates for fresh creativity.
 

Robdemanc

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Well I have just written a new first chapter to stick at the front of it, I am aching to find a decent way into this bizarre saga I have developed over the last 3 years. I am thinking very deeply about the characters and what life is like for them.

Flesheater - I spent many years doing bodybuilding and although was pleased with my commitment to it I have had the last year or so off it. Starting to go soft now so will get back soon.

Stephen King writes every day he says and I am sure he has many manuscripts stashed away.
 
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