So I'm knee-deep into a rewrite of the first half of The Paladin. I was a little sad to have to cut some stuff, but I'm freeing up a lot of room to expand on a few things that really needed it.
Downside of all this, I'm going to have to take down and replace the sample chapters I have up on the front page. I liked what was in them, but the novel has to be flexible until it's published. I've managed to convey the first ten or so pages of the original in under six, so I'm happy with the amount of content that's coming out. It's faster paced and the narrative feels like it flows better.
The upside here is that with the extra room I'm freeing up (which, admittedly, one would think I would just leave empty since I'm trying to cut out somewhere around 30,000 words!) will give me a little bit of space to play with a few new things. For instance, I have some training scenes with Jonathan and Reagan once he joins the Paladin Order that were a little slow. The newer version not only adds in more things for Jonathan to do that are interesting, but push the plot along and help flesh out his character more.
I think that's the most exciting part about this rewrite. I'm trying to find the positives about redoing a huge chunk of it and I think focusing on making Jonathan more relatable, more relevant, and more interesting is definitely a positive.
So, it stinks that I'm having to redo a bunch, but I've actually come up with so much more that will make things work out better than before. I think that as I finish them up, I'll make sure to make note of it here in the blog.
What do you guys think? Should I post the chapters in chunks like I did with Wolves and Wild Roses?
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.