On the importance of taking a break between drafts

As I’m having a break between drafts of The Æther Collection I’ve been working on one of my other short stories. It’s once I’ve had half written for a while. I had worked on it a few months ago – during the last break I took between drafts, in fact – and I thought it should be almost done. I’d already got notes from an Alpha Reader, and I was pretty sure it just needed a couple of scenes redone to make some point clearers, and maybe one small addition, I thought that at most these were cosmetic changes and it would get done quite quickly.

So far I’ve cut 2500 words, redone the act structure and almost completely rewritten the opening.

This one may not be as close to completion as I thought.

This is why you should always take a break between drafts.

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