I'm taking a break from editing to write something new. As much as I love the story, I'm just not sure where to go with it and it's frustrating to look at it, know it needs work, and be unable to pinpoint what's wrong. Part of this is due to being too close to the material--I know what the characters know, I know what waits for them around every corner, I know why it's there. So it's hard for me to discern what a reader needs to understand and process in the scenes. Hence, a break.
I'm working on something completely different. Different characters, different place, different situations. I like creating these new people and figuring out what happens to them. It's mentally (and imaginatively) energizing. I'm hoping once I've built up enough of a new world, I'll be able to look at my other book with a better eye.
Do you guys have any editing advice? What do you do when you feel lost with a project?
Talk to you later, all!