It ain’t pretty let me tell you. The carnage is unreal. I’ve been hacking away at my WIP and I have since taken chapter 2 and buried it. May chapter 1 & 2 RIP. Can we have a moment in silence? (Thank you Diana for chunking a rock at my head because I would not have axed them otherwise.)
Then I looked at chapter 3, then 4, 5, 6 and I stopped. Where is my hook? I wanted to trash the whole story and start over. There were bits of shinny objects posing as hooks all the way to chapter 7 but the hook came in chapter 7. It was more like shooting fish in a barrel than a hook but it’s a way to catch a fish all the same.
Surely I don’t have 113K words of nothing, right? (Yes, for goodness sake I know that is way too many words for a YA novel, I’ve got a lot of whittling. BTW, I can’t find a clear word range for YA adult. I’ve gotten anywhere from 40K to 85K. Can someone narrow it better for me?) So this little squirrel went back to square one. Why am I having such a hard time with hooking so early? *giggles* Wendy just did a hooky piece and I feel like Bevis and Butthead, “Hehe Hehe, she said hooking.” I find that I am trying to build my characters and their relationships to each other. I have a hard time just starting a story without you knowing a little bit about the characters. Let’s face facts. We all want a big fat juicy worm, figuratively speaking, on a hook not a background story.
So I rewrote my synopsis. This also brought my attention to what I like to call pot holes or the parts of the story that jar the reader, not a good thing. I wrote through them on the first draft and having them there creates a lack of credibility or stability. In rewriting my synopsis from where the story actually begins I found I had to create a new scene. My hook if you will has spiraled a whole lot of other new scenes that have started to fill in the pot holes. Overall I feel my story getting tighter and I’m getting excited. I don’t dread the work ahead but I am impatient for a final product. Finishing a book is only the beginning. Sigh.
Okay, off to bait my hook and see if I can’t catch me a barracuda, aka agent.