In typical fashion (for me) I couldn't help but look at my opening again last night and ending up chopping 200 words off the beginning of my opening! (Didn't email Vanda again though - that would be pushing her patience too far). As Sally said in my comments sometimes the very beginning of your opening is a bit of a warm up and I realised that any info I had in the first 200 words was repeated later on through dialogue so no point keeping it. Show don't tell and all that. The opening works much better for it. One of these days I might actually stop tweaking! (or not)
In other news I've written another 1,000'ish words.
I realised the other night that I'm in slightly unchartered territory at the moment because my novel outline is pretty sparse. As a result I can feel myself becoming a little less enthusiastic about sitting down and writing and that's not good. I quickly got round that by sketching out the next eight scenes in some more detail and started writing again. It feels better. I know there's another scene after the one I'm writing now and another one after that and so on. When I've written all eight I'll sketch out the next eight and continue onwards. Of course there's a chance my characters may want to go off in a slightly different directions to the ones I have planned but, if that's in character and still carries the plot forward in the right direction, that's fine.
Am I only the writer not to bother writing down character details/history etc before I started? The more I write the more I get to know them and I like that. Of course it means I'll probably have to proof my novel quite carefully when I've finished to check for inconsistencies but I don't mind that. None of them have done anything wildly out of character in the last 25,000 words anyway.