Hello, old friend

It’s a very strange feeling, reading something you wrote long ago.

In On Writing, Stephen King suggests that after you finish a draft, you should put it away for a couple months and work on something else. That way, when you go back to edit it later on, it will be almost like you’re reading someone else’s work. It’ll be familiar yet new, allowing you to see it as you never could when you were slaving over it every single day.

It’s good advice, but it’s also very, very weird. It’s like hearing your own voice, speaking to you from the past.

I’m at that scene now, the one I’ve been looking forward to. There’s hard work ahead, but I’m excited. Better get to it!

One thought on “Hello, old friend

  1. That statement by King is so true, even outside of creative writing- and it isn’t strange at all; it is perfectly in line with the peculiarities of human cognition. Coming back to something later with a fresh mind and rediscovering the logical pathways that formed the premises of a certain theory or story after you’ve forgotten them or at least put them at the back of your mind can help improve insight immensely. Instead of being locked into your previous perspective, the process of rediscovery allows you to find new ways to approach a problem, new ways of seeing things. Although a few months is probably overkill, unless you have some kind of overwhelming emotional connection to your work. A few days to weeks at the very most tends to do the trick for me…

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