Continue Treatment or Thaw?

Looking for some input, Wise Friends. I’m just typed END on the second draft of my WIP (working title:SOUL TACO), and I’m at a crossroads as to what to do next. This the WIP that I let rot in a mayonnaise jar on Funke & Wagnalls front porch marinate in drawer for a month with good results. I’m tempted to do it again, but this is a much fuller draft, and I wonder if it would be better to turn it over to my first reader. Since we have the handy poll feature at LJ, let’s put it to use.

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4 Responses to Continue Treatment or Thaw?

  1. jmprince says:

    handy poll feature. I gotta learn to do that!

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  2. cynleitichsmith says:

    I would read through once, essentially doing line editing and smoothing sort of notes and then key those in. Then I’d let it sit for a month, reread, re-revise, and key in changes. Then I would give it to a first reader with no disclaimers, explanations, or questions.

    My theory being that the job of the reader is to help you see where you’re going–especially when you can’t–and the more clues/foundation they have, the better. Also, you probably want your best reader at this stage and then again before you submit. But if you overuse them, they won’t have a fresh perspective to bring.

    Of course I’m also completely compulsive.

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  3. thunderchikin says:

    Thanks a bunch for your help. I especially like you advice about not overusing first readers.

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  4. sarazarr says:

    I’d let it sit, but not for a whole month. Maybe 10 days.

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