It’s been ready, set, whoa all week so far, and much of the last, as I tried to push forward in this rewrite and had to stop to work multiple issues out. I’ve hammered through changing some of the characters around, and even pushed through some emotional stuff I wasn’t expecting. I’ve said good-bye to some things that I loved, threw out the kitchen-sex scene as gratuitous, (which might show up at a later date, so keep your fingers crossed) and shifted Rachel’s mindset around a few new realizations. I’ve even managed to trim a lot of dross away to make the plot simpler (thank goodness) which really slowed me down Monday and Tuesday. My own mindset has been thunked out of fix-and-repair and into rough-draft, brand-new chapters which is where it needs to be the next couple of days while I use the middle to end ground before everything hits the fan to get a few thoughts moving in the direction that I want. More Ivy. Less complication.
So today I’m writing a chapter of rough draft, which will be slow, but I will get a chapter done today and move forward. It’s almost the end of September. I wanted to be done with this by then, but I have to the end of October without cramping my schedule too badly. And the days just keep plunking onto the other side of the calendar . . .