Saturday, 23 June 2012

Where I've been and where I need to go

I finally got round to finishing the editing of Hide and See yesterday.  I say 'finish' in that this draft is complete.  I don't doubt that there will be several thousand more edits after this (please let that be an exaggeration) but nonetheless, I feel it is complete enough to send off to various wonderful beta readers who offered to look at it for me.  Just as soon as I can remember who it was that offered all those weeks ago when I originally said I was going to finish it.

I did some work on book 2 earlier in the week as well.  I think the last thing I'd said on the blog was that I'd written chapter 3, but since then chapter 3 has become chapter 5 and I have written a different chapter 3 and a large chunk of chapter 1, along with various other bits from chapters 2-8.  Sound confusing?  Welcome to my head.

Unfortunately, chapter 1 isn't finished because I can't think how to start it (and thus the whole book).  My problem lies in the fact that Hide and See originally started quite slowly and I didn't like it.  I then edited it so that the first few chapters were much more exciting, something which I feel works much better.

Now, book 2 starts in a slow, quiet way.  Seeing a pattern here?  The problem is, I can't figure out a way to make the start more exciting given that the peaceful setting at the beginning is needed (for various reasons which I won't go into here).  So how do I create an engaging beginning?

I've been considering starting it with a vision of the (much more action-packed) future - ah, the joys of having a Seer for the main character! - but I'm worried that this feels too much like a starting-a-novel-with-a-dream thing.  Which is apparently very bad, according to a writing blog I read earlier this week.

This will be needing a lot of thought.

Anyway, on the whole I'm feeling more positive about book 2 than I was earlier in the week.  This is down to said editing of book 1 yesterday.  Having gone through the complete story (rather than the mismatched fragments which currently make up book 2) I got a clearer picture of where I've been and where I need to go.  And I actually found I quite liked my characters again, rather than finding them frustrating for not doing what they're told.


  1. Glad to hear it's all going swimmingly :)

    I think I was one of said volunteers to read through your latest masterpiece. Can't guarantee I'll get to it this week (my own little corner of the Internet is draining more time than I seem to have as it is) but fling it in my direction and I'll read it as soon as I can.