Don't keel over from shock.
I've been writing again.
It started with a commitment to write for ten minutes a day. I blew that off for two days in a row then sat down and wrote until that draft was done. Yeah, I don't know how to ease into things at all.
I'm at the point where I need to input all of the notes, edits and maps into the computer. I've re-read all of the comments from my beta readers and contemplated their suggestions. Only one thought that the book should really have started at page three. The other four readers felt the context was important so that the significance of that starting point was stronger.
I'm torn. I tend to agree with the one lonely reader. Your book starts with the first step of the journey. However, an argument could be made that the first step occurred when my mom fell as opposed to when Casey arrived. A strong argument, because if all of our living conditions hadn't changed so radically we wouldn't have been capable, let alone receptive to Mom's desire for another dog. In this instance, I think context is vital.
On the other hand, that backstory can be told throughout the first chapter.
I'm great at playing devil's advocate for both sides. Making a decision about which is the better choice is a lot harder for me.
Do I start with the hypothesis - Healing takes many forms
the action - His calm steady gaze looked through the monitor's screen and straight into my mother's heart
Which grabs you more? Yeah, I thought so. That's a lot more editing.
Next week's blog - how editing makes a much stronger story.