When did you last enjoy the power of perspective?
I have a guilty secret: I like to play FreeCell on my computer now and again. I find a game or two between taxing tasks can give my mind a rest and freshen me up for the next job on my list. It’s a substitute for the chin-wag round the water cooler at work (at least that’s what I tell myself!). I like it because if find it prevents me from making yet another cup of coffee or disappearing down the rabbit hole that is Facebook.
However, I’ve noticed that sometimes I lose my concentration with a game and find I keep getting stuck with it (even though I can usually polish off a game in a minute or so). So off I go, back to my work for a couple of hours. When I return to the game, I see the solution and easily finish it.The power of perspective is especially useful when it comes to revising a book. Click To Tweet
Schedule a break after writing your first draft
Now, I’m not telling you this so you are tempted to sink hours into playing games on your computer. Perish the thought! No, I’m telling you this to show the benefits that you get when you stop worrying away at a problem and to remind you that when you leave it alone for a while and return to it later you can see it with fresh eyes. In other words, you give yourself the benefit of perspective.
As I said, you probably know this already, but I’m saying it here because I know how easy it is for all of us to forget what we know, especially when we are busy, stressed and under pressure.
The power of perspective is invaluable in resolving many business issues, but it’s especially useful when it comes to revising a book. That’s why I always recommend to authors that they take a break from their book after they have finished writing it so they can gain a new perspective on it before they begin the job of editing and revising.
Perspective can help you see:
- How to resolve that tricky dilemma over the order of the first three chapters.
- How to rewrite that important case study so you get your point across (something that you couldn’t get right when you wrote the first draft).
- Why the opening sentence of the Intro just isn’t working.
- What quotation to use in Chapter 4.
- That niggling missing element that you just couldn’t put your finger on when you were planning and writing the first draft.
Taking a break won’t slow you down
If you think taking time off from your book is going to slow you down too much, you are wrong. In fact, it will probably give you some valuable time to get started with your marketing, start sorting out a cover, begin looking for an editor or set up your Amazon account. Or maybe just go on holiday.
You see, if you leap straight into editing after you have finished writing, you will probably simply go round in circles because you won’t be able to see what needs changing and what needs keeping. Perspective makes this much clearer. I promise you that the benefits you will get from the break will far outweigh the disadvantages so schedule in a few days or a week between finishing your first draft and doing your revisions. It will be worth it.
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