I've now finished my first revision. I'm aware there're still numerous problems in the text, but at this point I've rewritten my entire climax, identified arcs for all of my characters, and I'm ahead of schedule: the revision isn't due to my tutor until Friday.
Unfortunately, my tutor strongly encouraged me to rewrite chapters 1-2 before submitting the revision. So now it's back to the beginning.
I've written and rewritten these opening chapters at least three times, but they still don't work. They set the wrong tone and setting. The inciting incident doesn't coincide with the rest of the novel. This time should be easier. I know all of my characters well, I know the plot, I know how the book ends.
Yet I started writing this morning by journaling about characters and listing possible scenarios. It does feel as if I'm starting over again. Worse, the beginning is the most important part. It has to be right, and I have to have a draft of it ready by Friday. And I'm historically bad at beginnings.
It'll get done. Then, if I have time, I'll re-read the whole manuscript and try to make a few other changes. Whatever I don't finish by Friday, I'll spend the next few weeks working on. Until my tutor gets back to me with her comments and then I'll officially start revision number 2. The fun never stops--which is good because I need to have an entire polished novel done by October!