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  1. So true! I even think taking breaks during other stages of the process can be a good thing, too. But it’s a case-by-case, of course.

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    • Lizzy Charles

      I agree. It’s definitely a case by case basis. I just dove back into a WIP to spiff it up for one last beta read, prior to submitting it to my agent. I took 1.5 months off. It really helped. I’m getting so excited about my new MS!

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  2. True this…especially that fear that what you’re writing will fall out of genre OR that your dream agent would get snatched by someone somewhere who might have been inspired by a similar muse 😀
    Will definitely take all my time with my present WIP.

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    • Lizzy Charles

      I agree. I have that fear a lot about the current hook in my WIP. But I don’t want to rush it. Just coming off nearly a 2 month break. Ready to edit now. Excited to see the difference the break makes!

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  3. Spike Cordiner

    Taking a break is really hard to do, especially when you’ve just finished and are all fired up. It’s also vital, in my opinion! It also needs to be something like a couple of weeks at least. When I finished my first MS I left it a week and then threw myself into the editing. Two editing sweeps later I thought it was done. I then left it for a month as I was working on other things, came back and spotted a plot hole big enough to drive a bus through!

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    • Lizzy Charles

      That exact thing happened to me with my first manuscript. I wasted too much time “up close” and editing. It wasn’t until I took a long break that I could clearly see how poorly paced aspects of my novel were. I know I need a month, AT LEAST, if not more, before I really can make drastic improvement on a big edit.

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