|A Cactus Patch... At Night... Sort of.|
By smackbabe on Deviant
This whole thing has gotten me thinking about breakups and makeups.
|My Plot Board|
The Whole Plot for the Night Stalker Laid
Out On Pretty Notecards
You see? Sometimes breaking up and making up can be a good thing. Sometimes, writers have to put things away for a while, or in other words, break up with their work. In the time that the writer and the work are separated, both mature a little, the brilliance comes back, and the passion and excitement start to return. New ideas sneak forward and a stronger story that demands to be written rises out of the depths of imagination.
There is a piece of advise from Gail Carson Levine that she puts into her book Writing Magic. Levine gives the advise to keep everything you ever write for at least fifteen years. Once fifteen years passes, you have the choice to throw out that writing or to keep it. Following this advise keeps potentially amazing writing from being thrown out and lost forever.
“A novel rough draft is like bread dough; you need to beat the crap out of it for it to rise.” -Chris Baty