I just spent about an…

I just spent about an hour reading journals; I think I start every morning that way, pretty much.

Before that, I lay in bed for a while, thinking about the opening to my novel, thinking about how I want to change it before I start my third pass revision. I'm pretty tempted to actually do a real re-write, since I'm not happy with the prose throughout. I.e., print it all out, read it through, making notes on a separate sheet of paper as to the structure and scenes, and then re-write the whole thing, without looking at the original. (Or only looking at the end of each scene, perhaps, to make sure I haven't left out anything important.) This sounds like a daunting amount of work. I already wrote a novel -- do I really want to write another one? And I have time constraints, dammit -- I do want to at least take a stab at finishing by the end of August. Surely that isn't feasible if I need to write a whole novel all over again...

But of course, I generally write about a thousand words/hr. And a novel is likely to be no more than 150,000 words at most (it's at 120,000 now). So if I really wrote just three hours a day, from now until the end of August, I could even take Saturdays off and still finish on time. It's tempting to think that cutting out my hour of journal-reading would help...

Plan for today: Print out novel and re-read it, taking notes. Stop at store and get detergent and do laundry. Unpack bedroom and put away ten boxes of clothes. I have no idea why we have so many clothes. Write up Kriti meeting minutes and send them out. Invite at least three authors to the festival. Cook curry for dinner.

We'll see how much of this I actually get through.

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