I finished my rewrite of chapter one! I am so excited! It is nice and safe in the hands of my critique group so I can see if it is better, worse or just so so. I'm praying it is better, but have tough skin. If it's worse I'll survive. I FEEL much better about this version though. It goes deeper and I think gives more depth to my character.
AND AND AND
I've revived some of my humor. In my original, original version, I had a very funny scene at the beginning I LOVED. But it didn't fit the story and had to be deleted. I'd also had some very funny back story and "telling" but alas, it also had to be deleted.
And I think there in entered my problem. I'd skimmed off the things in the chapter that made me excited, that made it funny and sound like ME. I was left with this, technically well written shell that didn't go deep and didn't represent ME as an author.
This new version... I think is going to work. I think. I hope. But I might wake up tomorrow and hate it. Who knows!
I made my husband read some of it and asked his opinion.
Krista: "Is it better?"
Scott: "Well, it's funnier."
Krista: "But... do you like it better?"
Scott: "Yeah, I like it. It's funny."
Not sure if that is a good or a bad sign, but I'm choosing it to view it as good.
Discussion: I am contemplating posting the first chapter of the book, after it's been thoroughly critiqued and edited AGAIN, on my blog as a link on the side, but have heard positives and negatives about doing so. Your thoughts? Do you think this is a good thing to draw attention to your writing, or do you think this is scary, "OH MY GOSH SOMEONE IS GOING TO STEAL MY IDEA!" or just a plain bad idea?