Downtime is necessary in fiction and in life. Your characters, models of actual people, will need it if they are to come across as human (or they must face the emotional and physical tolls we all experience when we push ourselves too hard and/or things become overwhelming). We’ve all been there, right?
How, though, does an author know enough is enough? When is too much, too much? Normally, you will feel that pacing is off (I discuss pacing as a content issue here…. it really is an important intangible in fiction). One great reason to take the time, after a week or two of separation, to read through a draft without editing as you go is that a read-through allows you to most accurately gauge the pacing of your work.
Another sign: beta readers and editors will clue you in. They’ll tell you, “This is too much,” or “I’m bored.” They might…
View original post 296 more words