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Looking back

When a story hits a roadblock, or a snag trips up a writers pace, I found one way of recharging the batteries -- looking back. Seems when I get blogged down and need a stiff kick in the pants, I turn back a few chapters and start reading. Hopefully, you won't easily put it down.
The first reason looking back helps: its called returning to basics. Recall details that may have been forgotten, or items you meant to bring up later and misplaced. Second reason: reinvigorate. We are rarely our harshest critic, but in editing your own work, re-reading should ignite those fires that got you there in the first place. What if there is no fire? Maybe it's time to look at your story. And third:get a jump on editing. There is no stiff rule on how many times you can edit your own work, and if lucky, revision by others; but the writer should be his/her first judge (my opinion) and you alone have the writer's eye. Try it out and see if this technique works for you. Happy writing!