In the process of completing my next round of edits, I have found myself completely stuck on Chapter 6. I know I should skip it and go the next one except I’m kind of a sequential person, which is a whole other topic.
Here is how the last week has gone:
Go to my desk
See chapter 6 sitting beside my keyboard
Turn on my computer
Take a sideways glance at the first paragraph
Go to facebook and see what my family’s doing
Flip through the first few pages
Check my email
Open up Chapter 6, make one correction
Return to my email and confirm attendance at a soccer executive meeting
Switch back to Chapter 6, read paragraph one over and over again, shaking head
Make two more changes
Look at watch, time to make dinner
Last night I finally took a few deep breaths and sat down at my computer determined to go through the chapter. When I was finished I still wasn’t completely happy with it. This morning I couldn’t sleep (for a completely unrelated issue) so I got up at 5:45am and worked on it but only got four pages done before I had to get ready for work.
The problem is, chapter 6 is where I establish the setting for the rest of the book. I introduce the MC and the readers to a new world. I want to make sure I’m careful not to overload it with description. Instead I need to try to reveal things through the character and plot.
I’ll be back at it tonight. Wish me luck. All I need to do is get past Chapter 6 and it will be clear sailing. Ha Ha!