Thank you to everyone who commented last week on my post about rewrites. While it was reassuring to discover that my method -- which, to me, seems rather piecemeal -- is similar to how a lot of you rewrite, I especially enjoyed hearing from those of you that have a method completely different from mine. I hope I can use that knowledge in the future.
I took yesterday off from writing (I submitted a short story instead) but I'm through the first three chapters and so far I'm liking it. I'd forgotten how intense this one starts out, and I'm making it deeper by adding a lot more introspection. Each chapter is only about five pages long, so really, I while it doesn't look like I've done much, it feels like it. This book will take more mental energy -- both beforehand (while getting "into" it) and while writing.
How do you get yourself mentally ready for pieces that are more difficult, mentally, to write? And if you don't write, how was your weekend?