Originally Posted by FionaW
Suffice to say I now have a new manuscript that is at least 150% better. Distance, both literal and figurative, has enabled me to take a much clearer look at it. I can murder my darlings with only the most minimal pangs, and regard my characters (finally) with the necessary detachment to make them fulfil the story's needs rather than my own.
Distance gives you a better perspective. I find doing short stories helps dislodge that 1st draft of a novel from my mind. They're kind of like an after dinner mint, clearing the palette.