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From time to time, stand back from your writing: Think of yourself as a mountain climber. Most climbers, during a climb, can only see a few feet in front of their faces. They cannot see the whole mountain. They can see other mountains, but not the one they are climbing. To do this they need to move a few kilometres away. At such a distance, they can see the route they are planning and they can see how their planned route moves up the mountain. As a writer, you should ask yourself: Is the route to the ‘top’ unbroken? Do all the minor ‘steps’ move upwards? Can the minor ‘steps’ be ‘carried out’ more clearly? The best way to create a sense of distance with your writing is with time: Leave it a few days, or longer, and comeback to your writing with fresh eyes and with a better sense of the overall structure.

 

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