As is my habit, I started off the writing with what was to have been a quick revision of the previous session’s few pages.
However, I discovered early in that I’d left a lot of the potential tension of that first scene on the table the first time through, and had failed to establish my setting convincingly.
So I reworked the intro, writing probably close to a thousand words—of which only about 500 show up, because I ripped out quite a few of the lazy, sloppy ones they replaced.
I still have the last third of the scene to rework to get it to fit my idea of what I need it to be.
Aside from the light warm-up edit, I usually let first draft stand as written until I get the whole story down on paper from beginning to end—then go back, only doing a major revision in the rewrite.
I’m out of practice, though, and something as loose as that first draft would have bothered me more than just going back and fixing it.
What I have now holds up a lot better.
I’m struggling with a museum/ university issue that I left hanging as I wrap up the two hours. It’s past midnight, and I’ll almost certainly be awake again at five or so. So I’ll sleep on getting a direction for that last issue of the night.