Or...I need to take a break!
As Pam mentioned, we have agreed to a major revision to a pivotal component of Madelaine. In my initial enthusiasm, I thought it would only have to start from Chapter 9. Boy was I wrong!
This has necessitated a return to the very beginning and a careful review of each Chapter to ensure the set up and flow will all tie in to the upcoming change in Chapter 9. I began this daunting task about 9 this morning, and have been pretty much working straight through. Progress? I have just completed Chapter Two! They may just be small changes, but as a reader, I often find myself questioning if something in a story just doesn't add up.
The effort is showing me some writing changes I will probably make when starting a new novel. For instance it would have been helpful to maintain a chapter summary as we went along, and where characters are introduced. Well, this first serious attempt at writing certainly has its learning curve, but I'm not discouraged.
I may be back later, so cheers for now!