Let your first draft rest (minimum: six weeks).

Discussion in 'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft' started by FindingGila, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. FindingGila

    FindingGila New Member

    In On Writing, Stephen King recommends that once one finishes their first draft (of a novel), they should immediately put it away (let it rest) for a minimum of six weeks.

    And while the first draft is resting away, one could (or should) start a new project (something entirely different and/or shorter) or get back to one's everyday life again.

    The route I have taken (with the first draft of my novella complete), is to almost immediately embark on writing a totally different genre short story (something in the length of four to six thousand words).

    I'm crafting it at one thousands words per day, and should be done shortly (obviously).

    My question is, how long should I put it (the short story) away to rest, before rewriting and revising it? Six weeks too? Or for shorter works, do you all think Stephen King would recommend a shorter time frame?

    I'm totally new at this craft, so any and all input is much appreciated.
  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Welcome to the Board! As you write and rewrite more you'll find your own rhythm for what works best for you as what works for Steve may not be the same. It may have as much to do with the story material as the length, i.e. a lighter theme wouldn't require as much distance but in general he would probably recommend less time for a short story.
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  4. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Welcome to the Board. I think in my humble, non writer-ish way, do what is right, and works, for you, and only you.
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