As I posted on Friday, I had my first meeting with a novel writing group this week. I got great feedback on the first chapter of my novel (3rd+ draft of said chapter...). I thought I would record some of the edits want to make in the next draft here. I want to move ahead and get the 3rd draft of chapter two finished, so this post will serve as a reminder of what I took away from my groups' comments when I get back to chapter 1.
Opening: Move the section where Emily swings on the ledge of the balcony up, and the part about listening to the party noise below it.
Throughout: Watch the mentions of the rain. A bit heavy handed/seemingly metaphorical.
Scene with Hugh: Make it more distinct from scene with David. Maybe Hugh gets mad that she didn't tell him about her sister's death. He definitely should be aggressive and push her toward contacting Colin. Then the chapter will end with her not quite deciding what to do yet.
typ Things to do
I want to end with a short list of things I hope to get done this week:
**Finish typing up long-hand version of chapter 2; then go back and write out longhand the end of that chapter.
**Apply to the two writers' residencies I flagged
**Revise Darfur and Marriages' Mysteries