After submitting my last manuscript for round two of HARDCOPY, I decided it was time to put it away. I don’t want to make anymore changes on it until someone who is paying me tells me to change it ie. a publisher.
The trouble is that I have set up my days to give me maximum writing time. So I started writing a first draft. The characters are strong, I know the rough plot, and I spent weeks carrying a notebook everywhere I went (including to bed). I worked out how to weave in extra layers, found weird things about my characters that make them more interesting and thoroughly enjoyed being in that headspace. There is something completely free about a first draft.
I’m now 10 000 words in and am wondering if I am floundering. It’s always a tricky balance between making sure readers connect and identify with the protagonist, and getting to the good stuff asap.
What are your tricks for knowing when there is too much set-up and not enough action?