Do you ever feel like life suddenly races by you, grabs you by your coattails, and drags you along before you have the chance to catch your breath?
Guys, I went away for the weekend with the Jr. High group from my church, and by the time I got home on Sunday I realized that I'd spent at least three days having completely forgotten that I was working on a novel. Completely. Forgotten. This has never ever in the history of time ever occurred in my life. (It was a moment of true crisis.)
Anyhoo, I'm juggling a lot of things right now, but I have still been making headway on my re-writing. I started from scratch, with a blank word document and a blinking cursor after the words "Chapter 1," and to be honest, it was a little bit sickening. But I'd come so far! But I had a whole novel already written! ...but here I was again, page one. Word count: 2. Gahhhh.
Before I make you too depressed, do not despair! I didn't totally ditch my first draft! (in fact, the farther along I get, the more I realize that quite a lot of it is still usable!) I decided that the least complicated way to handle my edits would be to start from scratch, and then copy and paste all of the relevant scenes from draft 1 into my draft 2 manuscript as they appeared in the story. So, yes, I started with an empty page (sob!) but after only a day or two, I was soaring around the 15k mark.
Currently, my word count is around 23k. I haven't accomplished much since last week (reason: LIFE) but I'm hoping to close this blog post and then bop over into Skylar's world to get a few more pages down. I'm about to tackle a new scene, and it's kind of a hefty one... so I've been procrastinating just a wee bit. (but no more! I am going to write tonight, even if it's only 300 words!)
WHEW. LIFE. REWRITING. SEND HELP. (and possibly chocolate.) Is anyone else re-writing out there? Or has re-written before? Or is thinking about doing it? Or deciding NEVER TO RE-WRITE EVER BECAUSE IT'S SO MUCH WORK??? Do tell. Also, enjoy this picture of me as I sit in front of my computer: