I’ve decided the set-up part of writing a story is one of my weakest. I see the connections in my head and I know they’re there, but I don’t tend to show them enough that a reader feels connected. Anyway, I addressed this problem in the first few chapter of my re-write, and I think it was very successful. Now I’m addressing it again in chapters 7 and 8. The problem being: my MC (main character) moves locaitons, meets a whole bunch of new people, and starts falling in love. In other words, set-up.
I’ve been pouring over both of those chapters for almost a week now, and yesterday I finally finished. I think they’re better. In fact, I think they’re good. I changed a lot of stuff, even how some characters act or react. I added a whole new scene and changed 70% of what was left.
Was it worth all the work? YES! And now I’m ready to move forward to less intimidating sections. Hopefully, it will go much quicker. I don’t really have any more huge set-up sections.
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Congrats on finding success. I always remember that writing is rewriting, and that helps me keep focused on doing whatever it takes to get the scene right, even if that means leaving it alone for awhile and coming back to it later when I’m fresher.
I understand what you mean by having to write in the connections so that they will make sense to a reader. I tend to think in terms of the large context of events, but then of course I have to write all the details that connect these events.
For example: Exactly how did the prisoner get the message out of the prison? Or: How can character-A arrive at the island before character-B, given the methods of travel and the time at which they left? That’s kind of thing that trips me up a little. I really have to think it through logically and come up with solutions that will work.