No it’s not writer’s block. I generally don’t have a problem with that, I just push on. The issue is what to do next in my drafting process.
So here’s where I am: I have made all of the minor changes I planned. I have made most of the major changes. The ones that I have not made are all changes that I feel I need to make as a read through the novel. I have dabbled with thematic elements, but those I had planned to do as I reread the novel. Although this morning I realize that I could use keyword searches to dip in here and there to make thematic changes to one of the settings.
The one glaring exception is Chap 25. I can’t figure out what to do there. Part of me this morning is screaming to cut it. I think the real answer is to look at the plot as a whole and see how to change it to serve the plot. In order to do that I need to step back, reread, and update my outline.
I haven’t updated my outline significantly since the first draft. Part of my plan for this draft was to update the outline as I reread because the plot and what occurs where in the novel has undergone significant changes. I still think that makes sense since having a summary view of the book is helpful particularly as I contemplate changes in the next couple of drafts.
So essentially my choice comes down to this:
1. Make thematic changes to one of the settings.
2. Reread it only to update the outline.
3. Start the rereading process early (I have taken the week after next off from work to do this), making the remaining changes to plot theme, outline, etc.
Hmmm . . . I think I may need to sleep on this one.