Walk away, with your hands up! Seriously. Close your document, and stop editing.
Sometimes, you just need a break from your work in progress. When I say break, I don’t mean an hour… a day… or even a week. I mean a month. A full month, if not more.
I know, I know. You want to finish your manuscript and query it before that agent or editor you’ve been eyeing gets snatched up. Or worse, your genre falls out of style.
But here’s the thing, agents and editors want amazing stories. They will stop, jaw to the floor, if you can make your novel stunning. Which is why you are pouring yourself into editing, reshaping, and sculpting. … I get that.
But let me just say, that it’s impossible to approach your work in progress with fresh eyes without proper time away from it.
Take a month. Take two.
Do your laundry. Spring clean. Paint your living room. Go on vacation.
TAKE A BREAK!
When you come back, you’ll be so thankful you did. You’ll catch so many mistakes and find ways to add new depth to your characters. You’ll have a clear perspective of what your novel is versus what you want it to be.
Don’t feel guilty to walk away from your novel. It’s healthy. Once you dive back into edits, you’ll find that you can take your story to the next level and be that much closer to snagging an agent and securing a book deal.
Hands up, now. Walk away!