Yesterday was my first write-in for the year, a quiet three-hour affair at a local Barnes & Noble. We had one other person show up, for a grand total of three. It was nice and quiet, though, and I got a lot of work done.
Last night I finished reading through the original novel (well, the original and second draft version) as well as a bunch of other material I had written, such as backstory and short stories. I added 1,000 words arbitrarily to account for all my work on reading through the novel - since it was, after all, work on the novel. I used to equate an hour of editing work to 1,000 words, so by all rights I could have added a couple thousand, but I decided 1,000 was good enough too reflect the somewhat easier work of reading through.
I was planning on going to bed at that point, but I decided to stay up a little while longer and do a little writing. I had been inspired by reading through the backstory and short stories to write some of Ruby's backstory, which apparently I'd never done. I got started... and next thing I knew, it was 4 o'clock in the morning.
It felt good to end the night with so much writing done. I'm partway through Ruby's backstory now and unsure how long I'll continue it. I guess I'll just keep writing until I feel like it's done! And then I'll get back to the work of revising and rewriting the novel. In the meantime, I feel like this is a good way to get me back into Ruby's world.