Sometimes the best thing you can do for your manuscript is LEAVE IT ALONE!

Instead of pounding my head against the wall, I ignored my WIP for an entire day and just read.  Three novels later I feel rejuvenated! 

Most of us write because we love a good story.  But sometimes we (*clears throat* namely me) get so involved with our own work that we forget why we started it.  I had to immerse myself in another author’s book to remember that I have a great story to tell and I know how to tell it. 

Phew!  Off to write with a bounce in my step (not too big of a bounce, it makes my belly do weird things).

Good luck in your writing today!


  • Lindsay N. Currie

    Good for you Becky!!! You’re ready to dig into those revisions and taking a day to rest and read is just what the Dr. ordered! What were you reading? Just curious, I’m a snoop that way. I just started Delirium by Lauren Oliver and am really enjoying it:)

  • E.J. Wesley

    I’m 100% with you on this, Becky. I’ve had a couple of projects fizzle because I could no longer remember why I’d wanted to tell that particular story in the first place. A little distance can be a very good thing…

    Also want to personally thank you for your comments on my blog during the A-Z thing I had going on last month. It was a challenge, and feedback (like yours) really helped get through it.

    Hope to continue to see you around, and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts here.


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