So, have now rewritten chapters 2 and 3 – they’re totally different to all versions of this ms. It’s actually now a completely different story to the one I initially submitted. The only things that have remained the same are the names, the hero being a venture capitalist, the heroine’s love of photography and the fact that it’s set in London. Their backgrounds too I guess but because the conflict is much better now, the characters’ reactions are totally different to what they were like in the initial sub.
The other problem I’ve run into is that I’ve also been constrained by earlier versions of this ms. This is when revisions can be such a b*tch. You change it, but not enough and the old reactions are in there, the old plot. Which now doesn’t work. Sigh. I didn’t want to have my big love scene too early – which was in the old plot – and so fell into the trap of making my characters do what I wanted, not why they wanted. There was no reason to keep them apart except for me not wanting them to get together…cue plot device. Luckily I have now given them their head and they are following their natural inclinations which is a happy holiday fling. Needless to say, it will not end up being a happy, holiday fling. They have conflicts which mean that flings are fine, love is not. Guess what’s going to happen?
Anyway, have now got rid of the old plot that was boxing my characters in. Now, hopefully, the plot will happen much more naturally. At least, that’s the plan! Going to submit my next couple of chapters to the ed this week so we’ll see how it goes. But first, my old nemesis the synopsis…
Anyone want to write it for me??