Thursday, August 13, 2009
How Long is Too Long?
Taking some time apart.
On a break.
Seeing other manuscripts.
We talk about how sometimes manuscripts need time to "cure," and taking time apart does us good as writers, but is there a point where "time apart" becomes abandonment?
My husband asked this question last night: How long is too long? He knows what I do (leave it alone for a week or so then go back), but asked what other writers do. My response: "Uhhhh... I have no idea?" I think he's secretly asking this so he can keep me toeing the line with my editing. So sneaky!
However, today to sate both my husband's curiosity and my own: YOU TELL ME :)!
How long do you let your manuscripts sit/age like a fine wine/cure/percolate, and when does it become pure, unadulterated procrastination?
How do you know the difference when it happens?
Is it a horrible, horrible trap?? (Okay, probably not, but inquiring minds want to know!)
I'd love to hear your thoughts!