It was almost a month ago that I posted a very rough draft of the opening of “Death and Pain”. That was to be the opening of Chapter 1. But I couldn’t get the rest of the chapter to work. I started and stopped. I moved what was to be the beginning of the chapter to the end. And then, I redid everything. Oh, what I posted is still very much in the story, but it’s now moved back to the beginning. What I had rewritten as the beginning will now be Chapter 3. And Chapter 2 is the stuff I just couldn’t make work. It works now. Some good advice from Johnny Worthen got me to where I am.
This is the nature of writing. You write, rework, rewrite, rework, rewrite, throw away, write, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s a learning process. You may have done months of character development, plot planning, location research. But until you start writing, you never know where the story will take you. So far, I’m still on plan for the first chapters, not which chapter has what part of the story, but the story is there. And, I think, getting better as I add more depth to characters that I’m getting to know.
I’m happy to say that after the hard work of the past month, Chapter 2 in done and Chapter 3 had been started. And in case you’re interested, the man is still dead.