This morning I’m at it again… Reading those first few chapters of my book for what seems like the ninetieth time. It always amazes me that I can still find areas to tweak and edit, but I think that will be the case no matter how many times I read those silly pages.
There is one place that has been giving me extra problems and I’ve spent time during this last week with re-writing and cutting and condensing and trying to figure out how to fix the issue. I’m still not sure if it’s acceptable and I need to research it, but at least it’s a lot better than it used to be.
See, I had a flashback in the first chapter of the book and that’s one of those unacceptable things. So, therefore I had to change up stuff and try to figure out what information was vital to that part of the book and mix things around so I could spread a lot of the info without the flashback. Then I had to cut the flashback way down and edit the craziness out of it. Next I worked on rearranging it so that it has it’s own chapter (which I’m still not sure if I’m happy with), and all that good kind of stuff.
One of the big problems is that this is the only (that I can remember) flashback in the whole book and I’m a bit nervous that if a prospective publisher looks at the first few chapters of the book and sees a flashback than they might think the whole book is full of them and that’s frowned upon in today’s writing world.
So. Yeah, that means there has been way too much work going on in those first few chapters, but it’s been a good kind of work so I’m happy with how it’s all gone down.
My life is pretty busy this week with my non-writing job, too, which makes me happy. I have so much fun with my co-workers and even though it’s exhausting, I always look forward to these busy weeks.
Plus, I got to cut a lot of grass earlier this week. During July and August there wasn’t a ton of rain and so I didn’t have a lot of grass to cut. Now the grass is growing ferociously again and I’m a happy little grass-mower. (I’ve been cutting grass for the last seven years and I don’t think there has been a single time that I haven’t enjoyed the job.)
I don’t want to scare anyone off by gushing about September too much, but Look at it! Do you see that picture ^? That is what my world looks like (I took it while cutting grass), and the air is chilly but not cold and we are eating soups and drinking hot beverages and oh, so many happy memories.
I hope y’all are having a great Thursday. Remember that tomorrow is when I’m going to be posting the very last segment of When Life Hands You Lymes. Craziness.