Seven Sensible Steps to Success As an Author
Step 6 (continued): Taking a break
The second draft usually takes me three or four months to complete. But before getting down to it, I generally take a break of at least several weeks from the work.
Indeed, I will often do so at the mid-way point of a long and time-consuming book.
Like a baker’s loaf, I put the typescript aside and cover it over – to give the yeast time to prove itself, and see if it will rise...
Put it in the oven to cook for a while, if I may extend the metaphor, and discover if the bread tastes as well when I come back to it in the morning.
For me, this short break gives the mind time to rest – to smell the roses, as they say – and to review the book at some leisure without the urgency of the original creative impetus.
It's extraordinary how very worthwhile it can be.
Next: the wonderful wells…
Bread in oven, by Jean-Bernard Vuille. Wikimedia Commons.
Rosa Gold Glow, by Stan Shebs. Wikimedia Commons