I took some time this evening, while shopping, making dinner, deciding what I was going to work on first. There are so many edits that I need to do.
It came down to a choice between these two:
–Doing the “make it not broke” pass on the third novel. Which is mainly writing the missing scenes.
–Doing the character edit for Derik.
I chose the character edit for a couple of reasons: as soon as I hit his emotional character resolution, I started taking notes for how to push his arc. While it wouldn’t be the easiest edit, it will be a good exploratory pass through the first and second novels. Plus, I think it would be good to let the third novel rest for a while.
I was surprised when I’d started–I’d already done some of this work in the first chapter. Not all of it, I added more. But I feel really good about the work I’ve started.
That first chapter is *good*. It just is. And it’s tight. I know where I lose the plot later. I’ll fix those, though. I’m feeling better about these novels again.