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Revision Hell – Day Three

Originally published at Joely Sue Burkhart. You can comment here or there.

Yeah, I know I missed a bunch of days, so this technically isn’t “three” but life happens. In fact, life happens a lot, and if this month goes the way I suspect, I’ll be extremely lucky to get any revisions done at all. But I made a commitment to myself when I shipped NSR out, and so I must work on it as much as I’m able.

This morning, I got up early before work and took a survey of where I am. I managed to add about 4K since I started Revision Hell. Not much at all. However, I smoothed several things that were bothering me. Eliminated some redundancy. Dropped a few more hints early, weaving them in hopefully seamlessly. I re-arranged some sections that were out of order.

Some good changes. I’m back to the Evil Day Job today and will just have to see how the week progresses. My sleep/writing schedule is in tatters right now, and I’m sure if I flip back to this time last year, I’d see the same thing. With the summer hours, I want to stay up late, but the kids are out of school, so they stay up late, which means I don’t get started on MY stuff until even later. If I’m not careful, I’m up until midnight every night, and I start work at 6:30 a.m. Not good. I really need to be in bed by 11:00 if possible, but that hasn’t happened yet.

You’d think it would be easier to get up Dark & Early with the sun, but it’s not, because my body wants to stay up late. Ideally, I’d move to a D&E writing schedule and leave the nights completely open to chance, but I just can’t seem to get up that early. I’m going to experiment this week and see if I can get to bed earlier. Unfortunately, that might cut into this week’s progress. If I oversleep in the morning, and make myself go to bed early, then I won’t see any numbers on the writing.

I’ll just have to see what I can do.

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