I have to admit, I was paralyzed for the first two days of this challenge. Plus, I wanted to finish up a couple of other projects before I dove into this one again. But I thought about it in my head. Okay, in truth I was trying to remember what this story was even about.
Next, I set up my manuscript on Scrivener, a new program to me that helps organize your projects. Several months ago, at a SCBWI meeting, someone showed this to the group and I thought I'd play around with a little. I ended up putting my YA manuscript on and absolutely LOVED how organized I felt, seeing the entire manuscript on the screen, divided by chapters, with photos and newspaper clippings all infused. Everything was in one place, and I could access any part of it that I wanted instantly. Having multiple Word documents open and running across the bottom of my computer screen is always a pain, plus the scrolling through documents to find just the exact spot you are searching for wastes so much time. I found Scrivener to be so accessible. Not that I've learned all the tricks yet. Little-by-little, I guess. So, yesterday I put this new manuscript on Scrivener and started to get myself organized. I reacquainted myself with my story and read over my notes concerning what I still needed to do. Luckily I had taken some really detailed notes about where I needed to begin again. And do you know? Scrivener even has a place to put all those to-do notes so you don't have to worry about keeping track of that notebook where you keep all those notes for when you start revisions again next year. Brilliant!
Then revisions began. It was a good start yesterday. I started to feel a wee bit excited about getting back into this story. Today, I spent the morning at Panera's and this afternoon at the library working on more revisions. I think it might not be as bad as I imagined in terms of plowing my way through this revision. At least I hope not. It's only day 4.