So I'm facing a grave decision. Okay, a moderate decision. Either way, it's one that will require some time and effort to effect. See, I'm being told by a couple of my betas that there's a slow section in the front end of the novel. That's not good. People will set down the book if it gets boring quickly. Ideally, you don't want any part of your work to be slow, but I suppose if you have to have one, having it later would be better. Then, at least, your reader's already committed to finishing things.
So looking over the sections in question, I'm left with two options. My first option was removing and/or condensing them. That certainly helps with my word count problem, but it doesn't address the underlying problem, does it? There's still a part of the book that's sub-optimal. I know what I need to do.
If you can read titles, you know where I'm going with this: I need to rewrite these chapters. Now, setting aside the whole word count... thing... I think I really need to rework the opening. I'm told that the sections with action are really engaging, but there's a couple narrative heavy ones that drag. So... I think I need to show off something a bit more exciting.
What do I do now? It's going to be weird since I'm adding in story that doesn't (or shouldn't) affect the rest of the plot. The rest of the story is pretty set, and while I can certainly change things up, I don't want to get stuck in a never-ending loop of adding something to the front end to pick up the pacing and then having to reconfigure stuff at the end to fall in line with the new story.
Gah! I swear, this whole thing is going to give me migraines. Oh well. I couldn't ask for a better source of pain than actually seeing my dreams materialize.
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