Actually, I have started the rewriting and I realize that I need to read a few more books in the genre. So now I have to define the genre other than "general fiction." One of the suggestions on the list is to talk to booksellers (anyone seen a bookstore lately?) and ask them what is selling? or what niche you would fill in a broad category.
They also say that you need to read the blogs of agents, writers, publishers etc, really anyone and everyone in the industry to get a feel for the process.
I also know that I need to read some "better" books to hone the ear to a more sophisticated cadence and maybe word choice - except that it can't be that sophisticated or you are in danger of losing your audience and/or spoiling the naturalness of the characters.
So given this "to do" list that's maybe longer than the Nile, what do I choose to do on the one Friday night of the year that my husband is out at his company's Christmas party. (They excluded spouses a few years ago for austerity reasons and never re-instated us.) The kids are out, the cats are asleep (do they ever wake up?), the big comfy chair is available, the computer is powered to the max, all I have to do is open up that 50,000 word document and begin.....
Well suddenly I realize that I haven't heard Jackie Evencho sing and I think that last year she had a Christmas album out, so maybe I should just listen to a song or two to see if I want to buy the album, if it's available this year.
And then I decided that while I'm on Youtube, I might as well see who else is there. I tried to watch an episode or two of CSI, but I'm in the wrong geographical zone. I sense that Rogers a.k.a. Big Brother is controlling my computer access. My taste (if you can call it that) in music is eclectic. I keyed in Newfoundland folk music. A few songs came up, but nothing I wanted to waste time on. Now if I am going to waste time, it has to be something special. The Irish exhale folk music, so I keyed in "Irish Folk Songs" Almost too many came up. I did though hit upon a documentary of Irish Folk music from the 1930's to the present or early 2000's anyway. It was 1.5 hours long. This would take up a good part of the evening and really it was something that just had to be seen - wasn't it?
After the video, I was so much into right brain mode that, it would have taken the rest of the evening to get back to left brain editing, so I just listened to John McDermott until 10:00 when my husband came home and filled me in on the dinner that I had missed.
At this point, I rationalized that it is always better to write in the morning :) and went to bed.
Have productive day!