No. of words: 52,388
Mid-novel crisis period over. For now anyway.
Not pleasant at all. Having changed beginning and taken out ending, it felt like all I was left with was a great big hole in the middle.
Read synopsis to writing group on Monday. They had some good points and we argued over the new beginning, a conflict I can put right into one of the characters' mouths. Today culled synop down to 2 pages from 4, cutting out all the blah blah about themes, visible and underlying. They will be there, but it's the story which has to do the talking, even in the synopsis. I'm now back on Chapter 1 page 1, going through each page very, very slowly, lifting the beat.
L was back from her first meet the booksellers and librarians US book tour, freshly limo'd & full of stories of her feted new authorness. It's going to be a very exciting year.
Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.