2012_June_rejection2Usually when I finish work on a novel, I set it aside and work on something else. Since I also write short stories, I find this a nice way to break from my longer projects.

Then, when I’ve had a little time to distance myself from my work, I return to my project and start editing.

But in my latest novel project, I took a lot longer to get to the editing stage than I usually do. And I was pleasantly surprised that my procrastination … err … lengthier period for reflection was a real benefit in the editing process.

Even if I wrote it, I’d honestly forgotten some elements to the story. And I felt more that I was viewing it with fresh eyes than I usually do when reviewing my stories. Moreover – dare I say it? – the editing process (which I usually liken to the pain of a root canal) seemed smooth and relatively painless.

Could it be I’ve discovered that procrastination really does pay off in some instances? Or does it simply click with some projects more than others?

What about you, oh experienced writers, what’s your editing process, and do you find it easier if you roll up your sleeves right after you complete the first draft? Or do you prefer to let is sit for a while before returning with the red pen?