by Shelt Garner
I have just about completed a three chapter addition at the beginning of the novel that helps lay out the universe of the novel and also builds out characters. And, yet, my fear is the first thing that any manuscript consultant will do the moment they look at what I’ve written is lop those three chapters off.
As such, I continue to vacillate wildly between thinking I should do the lopping myself and thinking that the three additional scenes serve a really important purpose and I need to keep them.
I just don’t know.
At the moment, I’m going to wrap up the these three new chapters and start work on the rest of the novel. I also need to start giving myself some clear metrics.
If I don’t start setting some deadlines, I will just continue to drift towards my goal and it will be 2036 by the time I actually reach it. There is, of course, the issue of everything seems to be falling apart at the same time, which is probably going to delay things some.
Or not. I don’t really know yet. It could go either way. But I do need to get into put up or shut up mode. And I also need to take seriously the idea of reading more and also working on other creative projects that would serve as my “back ups.”