by Shelt Garner
I am just about done with the new “Part 1” of the novel where not a lot goes on in real terms. But given the input that I’ve gotten from those few Beta Readers willing to help me out, it seems crucial for the sake of the story to give readers the lay of the land before something actually happens.
Once I’m done with Part 1, I’m going to print it out and do some aggressive editing to the point that I might re-write entire scenes to take things to the next level.
I have done my best to distract the audience with sexxy things happening now and again. The hope is, of course, that people will have so much fun imagining the sexxy time that they won’t notice that not a lot goes on for much of this Part 1.
That’s the hope, at least
My fear is, of course, that the first thing any editor will do when they look at this new version of the novel is to tell me to cut Part 1. They say, in general, that they’re supposed to start the story as late in the telling as possible and it’s easy to imagine that the entirety of Part 1 might be seen as unnecessary.
But, who knows. It could be that my hunch about the dynamics of Part 1 are right and it will serve the world and character building needs that led me to add it in the first place.
Only time will tell.