Earlier this week, I met a friend and colleague half-way between our homes which are two hours apart. We went to the town library and opened laptops and folders. We'd both brought manuscripts that weren't working. Time flew by as we read each other's work and shared reactions and potential solutions.
It worked a treat. It's amazing what another pair of eyes can make obvious. I've come home with new energy for the three manuscripts I was completely stuck on. I'm completely rewriting two picture book texts and feeling really good about their direction. I've also regained some confidence in another longer story and can't wait to get back to it. Which I must do. Now.