Let it rest.
We hear it again and again as writers–“Let it rest”–and each time we “let it rest” we wonder, right at the moment of completion, when we’re awed by our own brilliance, if maybe, just this once, just this one time, this particular piece of writing shouldn’t be on display for the world to see as soon as possible.
Hmmm. A little breathing room might have saved that first paragraph.
Last night, the hubby had to work through the night. Unable to sleep, I decided to take advantage of the extra time and write. Isn’t everybody in the perfect frame of mind to pen a blog at 3 AM?
Once I finished my masterpiece, that tiny voice said, “Let it rest.” Although positive my piece was ready for the send button, I took my own advice and walked away.
Things look much different at 8 AM. Last night, I was rehearsing my acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature. This morning, I saw a mess.
Are there warning signs that you should walk away and air out your writing before subjecting other people to reading it?
1. You think you’ve been extremely clever.
2. The subject matter rouses strong emotions.
3. Your sides still hurt from laughing over your own jokes.
4. You were in a hurry.
I had titled my wandering, blathering blog “Stick to the Point”.
My subconscious was having a laugh.