This evening I have completed the first/second draft of my novel.
Not sure what to do now. Do I leave it to gestate for a few weeks? Do I maintain the good rhythm I've had for the past three weeks and immediately start the rewrite?
There are many many things I need to address. It's still very rough, particularly in the second half, where I was really trying hard not to get bogged down by 'perfection'. There are many ideas I need to seed, settings and characters to flesh out, narrative and dialogue to clean up etc etc.
Do I get up at 6:30 tomorrow morning?
BTW, this draft is just under 98,000 words long. Not sure if it will grow or stay the same during the rewrite. I expect it will grow, but that's OK. I was originally targeting 120,000 words. What I can say is that it won't be a rewrite from a blank sheet. That's what this was, more or less, which is why I'm calling it the 1st/2nd draft.
I think I'm going to leave it until my week off in a couple of weeks. Am going down to the island, and that will be a good opportunity to start reviewing the draft. All 228 A4 typed pages of it (mostly 11pt Times Roman, 1.5 space).
So now I guess I'm on holiday!!