- You see your work with fresh eyes (and suddenly spot the errors!).
- Coming back to a piece of work after a break makes it easier for you to read that work as a reader, as if you yourself had not seen it before. That shows up weaknesses in plot/characters beautifully giivng you time to put these things right before submitting a much more polished piece of work with a greater chance of acceptance.
- I've often found reading a piece of work after a break I can spot the things I like, which can often spark further story ideas.
- A break means you can judge better whether the plot really does work, is it strong enough, are you saying what you meant to say and so on.
- You know professional writers put work aside for a while so if they need to do it, everybody else does too!
I always put stories aside for a while before looking at them again, editing and then submitting them. It doesn't matter whether it's a flash fiction piece, a short story or a novel but I take this approach with whatever I write. The length of time I put a piece of work aside can vary but it is usually at least a week. The advantages of doing this are:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.