During April, I’m blogging daily as a participant of the
Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge (with time off on Sundays).
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Sometimes I come across a piece of my writing that I don't recognize.
This happens most often when I clean out writing files. I find years and years of unfinished work, a paragraph or two, sometimes a page, oftentimes more. Once in awhile, I'm pleasantly surprised by what I read, even though I can't remember having written it. But more often than not, it's bad. No wonder it was stuffed in a file!
You want this objective point-of-view when you revise. Maybe not to the point that you've forgotten the project all together, but putting your work aside to 'cook' is essential during the revision stage. Problems become a little more apparent — a sagging plot line, a one-dimensional character, stilted dialogue. And how long should you wait to dive back in? I've heard anywhere from a minimum of three weeks to two months.