I read the first two chapters of the new re-written "Deadfall Ridge" to writer's group.
They read beautifully, especially the second chapter, which felt like a nice little short story.
And it became clear to me that the second chapter isn't necessary to the book. The events and characters don't advance the main story. There is quite a bit of duplication.
I've kind of suspected this for a while now, but just didn't want to admit it to myself.
There is a single event in the second chapter that needs to be told, and I'll just have to figure out how to get that in.
I just have to hope that the whole thing doesn't fall apart without it. I'll keep a file of the current version just in case, but I'm going to dive in today and either make the second chapter about 2/3rds shorter or eliminate it altogether.
This is a different kind of book, really. I'm learning as I go.
4 days ago