I started reading the enormous manuscript of doom last week. and so far it has been an edifying experience.
One of the reasons this manuscript is so large is because it includes two versions of some scenes: one from this bash at finishing the story, and one from an earlier draft. I am quite gratified that for the most part the newer versions are better – this is partly a function of the more recent writing fitting the changing conception of the story more closely, but also the character and plot elements are usually introduced more effectively.
My biggest concern at the moment is the pace of the reading. I opened this manuscript six days ago, and I am still only a third of the way through it. I have found that other writing-related things have intruded on the reading time, but with being so large the manuscript is also quite unwieldy which makes it less conducive to being read.
Anyway, we’ll see if the pace picks up – I want to get a plan for this book sorted out.