Well the past few weeks have been very busy ones for me at work. My school has had so many events and back-to-back things going on at the beginning of the school year. I have honestly fallen behind in my blogging. I have, however, been working on my writing when I get a chance. Also, I have been taking a writing course online. I found it on Groupon while looking for any deals on professional development. I saw this and thought it would be a good refresher for me and maybe get some new information out of it. For $16 on a normally $200 course, you can’t really go wrong. Even if I don’t get anything new out of it, I figured it would be a good review.
As for the writing, I decided to change the first few chapters. I was rereading the first part of the book and wanted to add to the intensity and urgency of the book. Really attempt to grip the reading. Originally, the first chapter was a flashback, or dream of the past that Gabe has. I like the sequence, but I don’t think I want to start with something that was the past. I want to keep that content, but I will probably put it in somewhere else. Maybe in another book, but we will see.
So now the opening of the book is starting with a revised start. Gabriel is getting ready for the new semester, running around trying to get ready. I added a new layer of motivation for Gabriel, but you will have to wait to see who/what that is. I’m also adding some to the second and third chapters to get them to feel more real, intense, and interesting. This will hopefully get the chapters to be more gripping to the reader and pull them in quicker. Let’s face it, some kids need to be pulled into the book quicker than later if they are going to keep reading.
So that is my update for where I am right now.