5. Vacation writer-style:
After I complete the first draft of a story, I put the manuscript aside and don’t look at it for about four weeks. I need that time to get some critical distance and to switch from writing into rewriting/editing mode.
This is usually my time to catch up on my mile-long reading list. I always try not to read too much while I’m actively writing the first draft. Reading takes time away from writing, and I also don’t want to be influenced by another writer’s style.
Sometimes, I use this time to do a little more research that I know I’ll need for the second draft.
This time, I participated in half a dozen online writers’ workshops. I have never done that before, so it was interesting. More about that in a later post.
So, the writers among you, do you take “time off” after you finish the first draft of a novel too?