I know last week I told you guys that I wrote "The End" on my WIP. That is true. However, what I failed to mention was there was one chapter in the middle that I hadn't finished. I thought I knew where I wanted to go with it, but then when I tried to write it, it didn't work how I wanted it to. So I've literally been writing, rewriting, scrapping, and starting over for about two weeks now. It's driving me crazy. I WILL get this book done by the time I go to RWA Nationals at the end up the month. I will. You hear that muse--wherever your sorry butt has flitted off to? You put down that martini and get back here.
Alright, now the other thing I'm a bit stressed about it my beginning. Some betas have said that it could to the first meet (hero and heroine) faster--which happens about five pages in. Others say that the few pages of seeing my MC on a bad date and getting to know her a bit before the big moment works because then they're invested of knowing what her life is like before the point of change. Then yesterday, during beta club, a commenter (Amelia) mentioned that she's sick of the must open with immediate action structure because you don't have time to care about the characters before the big action.
I've also referenced an article in the past by Jane at Writer's Digest about the Biggest Bad Advice About Story Openings. Here's what she had to say:
The action ought to have context—and be as grounded as possible in a character that we're already starting to love.
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