Spent the morning pruning chapter 1, committing many edits I’ve been thinking about for months but on which I was avoiding pulling the trigger. Now it’s done, and wow, the improvement’s dramatic — everything in the intro moves more quickly. I haven’t actually altered the story itself much, only the presentation, and a few things happen offstage instead of in their own scenes. The result is a leaner, tighter first chapter and a faster pace, bringing us into the main action so much more quickly. It was definitely the right move; though the removed scenes are necessary to the story, their explicit action wasn’t. I needed but never liked them; problem solved.
Tomorrow I’ll tackle the next round of queries.
Classes tonight, and a supply run to the vet soon .
How are you?