Guess what? This weekend I finished the first draft of my first novel ever!
WooHoo! I've been smiling ever since. :) (See?)
Oh, I know that it's a major piece of poo, but it's my poo! I did it!
I started this novel SEVERAL months ago. (I'm embarrassed to admit how long ago.) I have learned so much since I started writing. I've been reading craft books like Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, other YA books, and also other blogs. But I did not go back and try to fix things. Otherwise, I might still be on Chapter 1.
So, how flawed is it? Let me count the ways.
1) Several areas - like characters and settings - are underdeveloped.
2) I have entire scenes, as well as snippets of others, that are missing. On the other hand, I think I have a scene in there that I knew when I wrote it that it wouldn't make the final cut.
C) My dialogue resembles talking heads.
4) I have too much show, and not enough tell.
#) How do I describe this problem? It's told in first person, but I don't think I really let her share her thoughts or opinions enough. Does that make sense? This may fall under number 1.
6) I have a prologue! (The horror! I can hear your screams from here!)
And those are just the problems I can name off the top of my head. I'm sure there are scores of others I haven't even noticed yet. That's okay! I'll fix them as I find them (or as someone else points them out to me).
Now I'm off to cut out a prologue and figure out how to weave in that pertinent information. And I'll be smiling while I do it.
Y'all have a great day!