Did some more editing over the weekend - another three chapters. Seven down only twenty-three to go. MY GOD. How long will this take? All I'm doing is reading through and making little notes in the margins!
I'd (wrongly) assumed that I'd just breeze through this stage as though I was reading someone else's novel. Was I wrong! I keep hitting paragraphs where I think "This needs to be changed. This bit should come before that bit and that bit should be completely cut" and out comes the pen and, before I know it, there are arrows and scribblings everywhere. God knows how I'm going to make sense of it all when I start editing individual scenes. "Move on," I ordered myself several times. "Just move on or you'll never finishing the read-through."
So yes, this stage is going to take a while.
I also promised myself I'd write a short story over the weekend (as I didn't write anything last month) and, while I didn't actually finish the story, I did start it.
When I write short stories I can't get going until I've got the right voice and the right first sentence and it took me several abortive attempts before, finally, I had the right first line and the right voice. Of course that might all change when I edit the story later (often the second paragraph turns out to be the best opening) but at least I got going. Now all I need to do is finish the thing! Anyway, it felt good to be writing again so hopefully I've beaten the block that struck me when I finished the novel last month.