I read somewhere that I should complete the novel and then not look at it again for six months. According to the article after six months I will have a fresh perspective and will be able to edit more effectively. How long do you wait to start editing?
After the rough draft entry on my first, I set it aside and let it ferment some, and redirected my energy to entry of the second, swapping back once I hit the 40% mark of the second novel.
We all are different in how we work. For newer writers, I do see the merit in such a pause, especially if we busy ourselves with learning more about creative writing. IMO, the editing process is as important as the original story idea, and in fact, I put far more time into editing than the original writing (I'm just finishing the third hard edit now.)
My guess is you will know when it is time to return... the writing that burns in us knows both fatigue and the will to jump in anew.
That is an awesome response! Thank you so much. I'll let it marinate while I work on book two and come back to hit when the time is right.
I wonder about waiting six months as well. Right now I love the story but who knows how I'll feel in six months. However, I have found a new way of editing that works well for me. I save the document as a PDF and click on the read aloud tab. The computer reads the story to me which makes it easier to hear all of the mistakes I missed.
With my first mystery novel, Mixed Messages, I wrote the first draft, the second draft . . . and, when I thought it was as good as I could make it, I put it away for awhile and started writing my second novel, the sequel in my Malone mystery series. After several months, I re-read Mixed Messages and did the final edit. I found a lot of things I'd previously missed. That's why writers are encouraged to let some time go by before their final edit. I hope this helps you.
I don't think I could do that... I would miss it! Maybe a couple days....
I feel the exact same way. I don't know that I'll ever be a serious writer. I write because it makes me feel good...