I've been reading over my chapters intermittently, mapping out proposed changes where necessary, keeping a list of scenes. Last night (in a form of procrastination) I allocated each of my proposed revised scenes to-date with a number to indicate tension rating -- the aim being, of course, to have it going generally UP, but with elements of a rollercoaster. I graphed it and it didn't actually look too bad. However, it did highlight the fact that the next two chapters were going to ruin the whole progression. Not enough tension. Not nearly enough. So this evening's mission has been to come up with ways in which to fix this.
Tomorrow morning I should get up at 6:30am and free-write on the first of these characters. Perhaps in my befuddled dawn state I will tap into something worthwhile. I don't generally find free-writing easy. I find it hard to break the link between thought and words. But I haven't tried it at 6:30am. Maybe it will work. Maybe it's what I've been waiting for.