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Getting Away From it is Good

April 10, 2017

Sometimes it’s a good thing to put a project away for a while. It’s helpful to get our mind onto other things. Then, in a few weeks or months we can come back and look at the writing with fresh eyes. We can see whether it captivates us or leaves us bored. We can spot the mistakes we couldn’t see before, and we can let our mind pursue new ideas.

I do this from time to time. I will be working on a book or article, and I’ll just put it away for a while. Then, when I come back I can read it as if someone else wrote it. I may have thought of several things I needed to add, or I may have decided to turn the story in another direction. I have yet to see a time when fresh eyes were a bad thing.

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