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- Posted: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 01:27:01 +0000
The only backstory given in the first and second chapters is information that's vital to understanding the MC's actions in chapter 3 when feces and a fan make each other's acquaintance. As it happens, my main character absolutely loathes not being in control of a situation because when he was younger he watched his father die right in front of him. Chapter 1 reveals his father to be dead because the inscription on his grave stone is important, but the details of it--the fact that his father was murdered and that it has had a profound effect on the character--isn't stated outright until the end of book, possibly book two depending on how I end up dividing it. My worry is that things like the gravestone will initially be seen as irrelevant and thus alienate the reader who doesn't yet know any better. If you have any suggestions on avoiding that, that would be fantastic!
Don't think of it as irrelevant until the reader has the rest of the information, think of it as foreshadowing. Or of enticing the reader to keep going, to figure out just what that silly stone was talking about, anyway. As long as you play it right, which I'm sure you have (You didn't just throw it in there, right? It's not all like, "Oh, by the way, his gravestone said, No more eating fried shicken and that's an inside joke but I'm not going to tell you what" wink it sounds to me like it should be fine.
ALSO, um- I'll admit I haven't read all of this thread, or even all of your posts in this thread, so this was my first encounter with you describing your story, but- feces? PLEASE tell me you don't have a character named Feces? Please?
A good bit of advice that; I'll keep it in mind. I think I'll also check out Ms. Taylor. Her blog looks quite interesting though I couldn't find the post you mentioned. THanks so much for the thorough response and the different perspective heart .
DEFINITELY do it. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, her newest, took the #1 spot on my favourite books list the day it came out on shelves. I bought it as soon as it was unpacked, read it in an entire afternoon, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it yet (that was in October). Not only is her story great, her writing is spectacular in places, and she has a way of making you not even realize you're reading excellent writing because the book itself is just so good- you don't even notice how skilled she is with words until you read it the second time.
Before that, she published a collection of stories, called Lips Touch: Three Times, that I thought was going to be shmaltzy and Twilight-esque before I actually read it. The woman is a genious.
Also, I have a habit of latching on to a new writer-blog, or agent-blog, and reading everything this person has ever posted. It's an addiction. So that post could be two, three years back- it could even be on her OLD blog, I don't remember. It's there somewhere.