At the beginning of the week, I talked about resting--for our creative mind, our bodies, our spirits.
But one of the best writing tips I ever received was when I was done writing my manuscript--when I’d finally typed those wonderful words of “The End”--that the next step was to let my manuscript rest.
Just walk away.
Now that is a hard thing for me because I’m a perpetual editor. I could probably edit my book until the cows come home and beyond. But you know what? When I let my manuscript rest for a day, a week, or even a month, I am a better editor when I come back to it.
You see, when you’ve taken a step back, you can return with fresh eyes. You see mistakes and plot holes much easier. You can start those revisions without hating the characters or story because you haven’t seen them for a while and you missed them.
But the best perk of all to letting your manuscript rest for a bit? When you read it again, you realize, hey, this is pretty good stuff! I don’t suck as a writer after all!
So, even though it’s hard, let it rest. You won’t be sorry.