I need it to be more engaging in this first chapter. There is even a back story on a character I am thinking about scrapping because I do not know whether it hinders the story or adds to it. What I thought was an interesting way to open the book up, may not be as impressive as I thought.
He loves the dialogue, some of it. I tweaked it more today. I wrote a script once in film school and it forever changed my writing style. I like lean and to the point, with colorful dialogue. It's hard for me these days to say what I want you to see or feel.
I have literally spent an entire day only editing 5 pages of Chapter 1 alone. I am seriously considering thinking about cutting out the Prologue. This is why I don't do deadlines and why I have never released a novel yet. I am overly critical and I want it to be perfect.
The reader deserves it to be perfect.
The book is good, this I know. It's just this damn opening, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 that is bugging me. I am trying to do my own developmental editing, because I just can't afford to spend $1,400 on editing, especially when I'm not sure I even like the content. My word count is dropping and I expect it to drop more. I really may nix the Prologue and Chapter 2.
Reading it out loud has really helped me get on some type of track. This editing shit is driving me bonkers, though 😨😭