Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Life of a Picture Book Part Seven: Letting it Sit

I have surprised myself by letting Winifred sit for the past several days. And because I will be unplugging for the next couple of days, it will sit even longer. That's a good thing!

It is important to let a manuscript sit for several days or weeks, while focusing your attention elsewhere. This is because when you finally come back to it, you'll see it with a fresh perspective and be able to be more objective about your story. Problems you didn't see before might suddenly be glaringly obvious. That stanza you really loved might be able to be improved even more. A line you adored might seem even more adorable once you've had some time away.

I'm looking forward to going back to Winifred and see what our time apart has done for our relationship. I wonder if she misses me?

Read The Life of a Picture Book Part Eight: Reunion

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