Lather, Rinse, Repeat

The stages of rewriting or revising a novel chapter:

  1. Elation at finishing previous chapter. Conviction that this one will be easier.
  2. Slow realization that this chapter has more and stickier problems than you realized.
  3. Panic and insomnia.
  4. Inspiration and slow return of confidence.
  5. Possible mini cycle:
    1. Slow realization that the solution you thought of won’t quite work.
    2. Brief bout of panic and insomnia.
    3. Re-inspiration and return of confidence.
  6. Elation at finishing chapter. Conviction that the next one will be easier.
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3 thoughts on “Lather, Rinse, Repeat

    1. equotah Post author

      Oh, and I left out all the procrastination. Just seemed like it would get repetitive. Check Facebook. Check e-mail. Check Facebook.

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