Foreign Friday: Going Back to Fix Things

Yesterday I read a wonderful blog by Kristen Lamb about not going back to edit/fix manuscript until you’ve reached the end of the story. This advice is incredibly valuable, following my new mantra of DON’T LOOK BACK. I have not yet mastered this skill.

Of course, Kristen Lamb is not the only one to have given such good advice. Moving forward while resisting the urge to go back and correct things before the end is something I’ve learned from such manga epics as Fullmetal Alchemist and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. 

Edward and Alphonse Elric wish to bring their dead mother back to life. Not the best idea. Can they go back and correct the consequence (losing of limbs/body)?


Syaoran….well, let’s just say that the whole point of Tsubasa is ‘don’t screw with time.’ Innumerable consequences follow from a wish to go back and change something. And even if the change is successful, the act of changing it twisted the entire fabric of the universe, screwing with just about everything.


DON’T LOOK BACK is a good motto to have when just trying to finish your WIP. Of course, if Ed or Syaoran had followed that advice, then there wouldn’t have been a story, would there?

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