author’s note chapter 1.7
Posted by jeanne
okay, i’ve finished the first draft of the first chapter. and boy are my arms tired. this last bit went much faster than the others. i was expecting to have a 1.8, but when i got to the end of what i was doing, i just kept going. which is fine. that’s all daily work, even tho i don’t seem to be working daily.
the next thing i’m going to do is revise and edit chapter one, which will take some little time. maybe i can work it thru in one day, maybe not. currently, all these sections of chapter one spread out over 11 pages. based on my own reading habits, when i read just a chapter before bedtime, i don’t like to go that long. i’m reading aloud, mind, and 11 pages is a long time.
so i’m going to try to get it down to 6 pages.
as the first chapter, it’s really a hump. it was hard to get to because it’s so different from all the rest of the story. but it also kind of encapsulates it, as a fairy tale. it was also hard because it’s the first chapter. it’s when i put the research and the dawdling behind me and start the real work. i put it off for 9 months, having come up with the idea and turned my attention to it back in november, halfway thru nanowrimo. and the longer i put it off, the more twists and depth worked their way into the plot. but there came a time when it was time to stop all that and start writing.
so i took a short vacation, changed a bunch of habits just like that, and am now ready to write 8 hours a day for awhile.
i’m still coming up with twists and plot devices, tho, and doing research. so it’s all just a dish of fun.