This is a tale of two days and to unfittingly butcher the literary reference, it was the best of days and the worst of days. Not really, but good and bad.
Saturday was a good work day. I got up at 6-ish and got to work by 7 (coffee, procrastination fueled by lack of caffeine, etc). I spent most of the day working and I hit the big stuff that I was so tempted by on Friday. Kurt, my main character, now has a bit of a plan on how to use his resources, but I decided that a new Chap 6 wasn’t necessary and I just prepended it to the existing one. I moved Chap 13 (where he gets some information) to Chap 7, ahead of the interview in Chap 9, but I think it only mildly improved the interview. I created the new Chap 8 with the character-building scene between Kurt and his main squeeze. I’m still not sold on that change, but I figure I’ll see how my next set of readers react before I decide whether or not to keep it. All in all I worked across 8-9 different chapters moving bits of the puzzle around to see how they might fit better. I worked pretty hard and I felt good at the end of the day.
Today was a little different story. I was up and at my writing station on time, but I had trouble finding something to fix. The first thing was a minor change that I wrote the wrong page down on and couldn’t find at all (it’s possible that it moved with all of the shuffling). The second was an ambiguous note about making a character work harder in a scene. I couldn’t make heads nor tails of it, so I looked back at my original notes — same there. I e-mailed the reader who supplied the feedback and moved on (she did respond, but was just as unsure as I, Note-To-Self — take better notes). Then I struggled with Chap 25. Kurt gets in a jam, but gets freed too easily. I thought so when I originally wrote it, but figured I would change it later. Well, later has come and I’m drawing a blank. I finally had to skip that or lose the last of my productive time, so I made a deal with myself to come up with something by the end of week and I moved on. Finally I picked a major change to transportation, which seemed easy and I started plugging away on that.