How a book begins makes all the difference in the world. That first sentence, paragraph, and chapter are what makes someone want to read more or walk away. Getting that first bit right is difficult enough without the added pressure of making or breaking the rest of the book. Let’s face it, if the first page doesn’t grab a reader, if it begins too late, they aren’t going to read the rest, no matter how good it might be.
So what does that have to do with starting too late? Like it starts in the afternoon instead of the morning? Or maybe all paranormal romances start at dawn?
Nope. None of the above. Broken Bond’s time and place is just fine. What isn’t just fine, according to my editor, is that it begins a scene or two later than it should. Her note also included adding a scene built from a throw away line I wrote because it entertained me.
So while I was working on that additional scene, I struggled with writing a new beginning. Not only did I need to scrap my beginning, but I’d also have to change some things later on if I changed the first chapter. I worked myself up into a right tizzy before I emailed my editor with a full on whinefest. I couldn’t possibly add another chapter, I might as well rewrite the whole book. Now, instead of being a week late, it would be a month late.
And this why I love my editor. She laid it all out for me. I didn’t need to rewrite anything. I just needed to add a chapter to the beginning. Nothing would change, unless I wanted it to.
Turns out, I wanted it too. Eleanor, the main character of Broken Bond, began as one woman, but when I took the advice of my editor and wrote the scene before, a prequel sort of, she became a different woman. A more fully shaped character who could stand next to Vixen and not be overshadowed. And since Vixen is part of this book, it’s important that she doesn’t become the main character. Something I struggled with until I wrote that first chapter. (Yeah me!)
Right now, Broken Bond is back with my editor. New chapters and scenes with some adjustments added enough for the entire book to get a looksee instead of the added content. (Plus, we’re trying to keep that nice balance of not retelling events from Broken Alpha but not leaving readers who haven’t read Broken Alpha in the dark.)
So, that’s where I’m at right now. Well, that’s where Broken Bond is at. If all goes well and as planned. And I don’t get a message to add yet another chapter, this book should be on Amazon by the start of next week!
I’m planning a ticker-tape parade. By the way, what is ticker-tape and do they still make it? Does anyone know? I’d google it, but my web privileges are restricted to this blog and email until I finish the second draft of the third Broken Peak Pack book.
If you know what ticker-tape, or have a question or comment, feel free to reply to this post.
All right, back to my writing cave so I get my internet privileges back.