I think I read this advice somewhere a long time ago, so you'll have to forgive me for not remembering which wise writer first brought the idea to my attention...though they didn't use these exact words:
Drop it while it's hot.
Okay, so you already know I'm being cheesy, but what does it mean?
I bet a lot of us have been there: You finish writing a really exciting scene. Then, when you come back to write the next part--which in all likelihood is not quite as shiny and bright--you don't feel motivated?
This has certainly happened to me. But the anonymous sage from my past has a solution! If you stop writing while you're still really excited about the material, before you're burnt out, maybe even in the middle of that awesome scene, you'll be excited to come back and continue working.
This works at any stage of the writing process--drafting, revision, you name it. And while it's not foolproof and does take a small measure of self-control, I've found it to be pretty effective.
Have you ever tried this? Does it help motivate you to get back to that manuscript?
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