This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for June 2021.
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June 2nd question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
I have enough writing experience that my first draft is now much closer to the published version than in the early days of my writing journey. That said, it's still good to let my WIP sit before going back for an editing pass. A couple of weeks to a month is usually enough.
(Newbies, take heart. My first novel, An Honorable Man, was shelved and edited multiple times over nearly a decade before it was published.)
Because I work full-time at a regular job, I write when I can. I rarely have to plan shelvings. I get forced breaks from drafting. If I've been away for a long time, I go back and do a read-through to re-orient myself to the details of the story.
One thing that has improved my distance and my objectivity greatly is to type a symbol to mark the place I stopped writing (I use ***). That way I can doc-search the WIP when I open it up and go straight to that location. Doing this keeps me from reading as I scroll and getting caught up in endless editing loops.
What about you?
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