The debate between redoing or replacing the opening scene of my WIP.
After the critique with Doc Harvard, a lot came out about those first few pages in my WIP where my main character is snowboarding. I haven't ever been boarding or skiing and it turned out my TV-educated descriptions paired with my writer's imagination weren't enough. So, after waking one morning with a great way to restart the scene, I crammed in a few more YouTube videos and headed out to the sports equipment shop where I got a brief hands-on course on gear and was able to try some on (not most of it due to packaging and my 7-month pregnant belly).
I definitely have more sensory details to add. The plan is to hit up some boarding blogs in the hope of digging up some more.
The difficulty is, I want to make this feel real, but snowboarding is not the topic of this book. It is the opening scene, offering movement and action while introducing the main character. She is not part of snowboarding culture - she is too sheltered to be a part of it. She needs to be good at snowboarding because she is good at being physical, not because she's an expert of the sport - she gets to go so rarely, after all.
What a balancing act. I have an idea of how to pull it off, but it's going to take a lot of experimenting with words and re-polishing in one of my weakest areas of writing. Sure, I could re-write the story to not include this. As it's a physical activity, an exercise I know better would work. I may decide to move the timeline after all. However, I can't get this imagery out of my head. I'm going to try and make this beginning work, first. I suppose that even if I do delete it, the practice will be good.
And the brain starts humming ...
Just a quick apology for not blogging about the book experiment this week. A flood hit our house last week and I wasn't able to read more than a chapter, which I need to re-read. My family is fine and so are most of our belongings, including the book I'm reading. I should be able to return to it this week and continue writing about it next week.