Novel 4 is done.
Normally I would woohoo . . . however a dang-anomaly is apparent. The beginning of the novel (as many would and should) thrusts the reader in the MC’s world, and although the reader will learn of setting, it does come across as too much – too quick – without detail.
Of course – this isn’t always a bad thing, because info dumping to tell-tale the setting is considered a ‘no-no’ for novels.
However, if planned right, 2 new chapters to start Novel 4 would allow me to:
- a) Introduce the character a little better
- b) Provide snippets of the world with clarity
- c) Explain the MC’s role, rather than leave it come wham-bam-mamma at you in Chapter 4.
Fret not, the conflict of the original Ch1 will be present in the new CH1, just in a less volatile way . . . and that’s a good thing. Simpler conflict, leading to the more complicated conflict of Ch1 will make much more sense to the reader.
Believe me, the new Ch1 and 2 will not be prologues or backstory, but will be part of the story. Time will tell if I pull it off.