TIME IS YOUR BEST WEAPON
WHEN IT COMES TO REVISIONS!
Yep, we can't stress this enough. Whether you are an edit-as-you-go author or you like to battle revisions after the completion of each new draft, the most important piece of advice any editor, author, or agent will give you is:
PUT SOME DISTANCE AND TIME
BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR MANUSCRIPT
AFTER EACH REVISION.
Every writer becomes blinded to plot holes and weaknesses in their work because they're simply too close to the story to see the problem. They know their story inside out; it's in their brains and hearts. But a reader doesn't. They rely on the words to tell them everything they need and what you want them to know. But when the writer puts their manuscript away for as long as possible (we suggest at least 3 weeks!) after completing a draft, details are forgotten, the words un-merge, eyes and thought processes are refreshed.
It's great that you're excited to query or publish your book, but there is no need to rush. The industry and readers aren't going anywhere. They'll still be there when you're ready. So wow them with the best possible book you can write.
Good luck and happy writing!
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