Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Marinating the Manuscript
Once my draft was finished, I needed time and distance from my story, figuring this would clarify what needs fixing in it. My manuscript demanded marinating. So that's what I've been doing these two weeks - marinating my manuscript. Yep. Letting it soak in its for-right-now finished-ness while I soak in summer.
Other than blog posts, I haven't been writing for these few weeks either. After working several months on this manuscript, my brain needed reprieve. My fingers needed to not fly over the keyboard. My creative juices needed time for gathering orangey-ness and grape-ness. And so, I took that time.
Next week, I'll dive into revising. I'm missing my story and characters which signals the orange and grape juices are ripe for revisions and my manuscript marinated long enough. All this brings about an intriguing question - and I don't think there's a right way or wrong way - but when you reach the end of a manuscript, do you dive right into revising or do you let your manuscript marinate?