Step Away from the Story

As I revise and rearrange chapters in a novel to prepare to present to publishers, I find myself so overwhelmed. Settings, characters, and dialogue swirl up and out of reach. I lose narrative threads; I forget what and where and why and how.

I remember that it’s possible to get so immersed in a story that you lose the grand narrative.

My husband tells me to step back, summarize, and dive back in later.

It’s a good word for writing and living.

You turn everything off, take a nice break, and come back later.

Do you find yourself stepping away from work in order to have a fresh start?

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