Tonight I have taken the plunge and immersed myself back in the rewrite again. As is my wont after a substantial break (in this case around 5 weeks) I have eased myself back in with an editing pass of an earlier chapter.
When I opened the working file, I found that I could barely remember the last three chapters I wrote, primarily because they were written in a rush around Easter. Worse, I found that I didn't much like them. This was rather disconcerting! So I went back to the first of these and have "improved" it. There are always stronger verbs, better images, additional senses to be retrofitted! Not to mention addressing dialogue and accompanying reflection.
I find this process helps me get back into both the story zone as well as the writing zone. By the time I have worked over the last three chapters, I should be ready to tackle the next chapter, which I seem to recall is a totally new one.
It's good to be back, I must say. The past 5 weeks have been good, but I've started to become bored by long evenings with nothing on TV and no-one to talk to. There are only so many blogs one can read, or DVDs one can watch. When it's a Monday night and one starts to fantasise about who one can drag out to dinner, just because being at home is too dull, that's a worry! This is what made me realise I was ready to start up again.
What do non-writers do in the evenings?