Hello friends, family, and book lovers! It's been awhile since I've posted a regular blog post and I'm sorry for that. As my title suggests, I've been fighting with my chapters.
Chapter two of my novel has been the bane of my existence for the last few weeks. I can't seem to get it right! I have now rewritten it three times and I'm still not sure if I'm happy with the result. Here's my dilemma, my main trio meets in this chapter for the first time and there's a bunch of set up that needs to happen in order to propel the story forward. Unfortunately, I need to find interesting ways to reveal that information to you, the reader, without making it god awful boring.
In the original version, it was an info dump at a kitchen table. Then I added some urgency by putting soldiers on their tail so it was a faster info dump, still boring. Now, I did away with the info dump and they're just running and fighting for their lives and I have to find clever ways to throw in pieces of info here and there. It's exhausting. I'll be honest, it has not been a fun chapter to write. I'm serious when I tell you that writing is freaking hard.
So that's where I'm at, thank you for letting me vent to you. I will say that I'm pretty happy with chapter one though it needs some line editing and what not but overall I'm pleased with the flow of the chapter. If I could just get chapter two to be as good all the tedious character introductions would be done and we could get to the good stuff.
I hope you'll forgive me for being MIA for the past few weeks but I am now down to like eighteen days to finish this rough draft and if I don’t conquer chapter two I'm never going to make it. Thanks team! As always you all are the best!
Until next time here's an inspirational quote to get you through:
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." - Calvin Coolidge