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Writing Quote: Let it rest

February 28, 2010

Today’s quote is a little advice about putting some distance between yourself and what you write before picking it up to review it again:

Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially.

~A. Bronson Alcott

The only part I must disagree with, though, is the advice not to let your “author” friends see your work.  That strikes me as either a little paranoid or a missed opportunity to get some valuable feedback.  That, after all, is why they have writer’s groups.  (Some day I may yet join one, when I have time to dedicate to it.)

Happy Writing

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