I read that a person doesn't write a novel, they re-write a novel.
So I am doing this one again.
I've started another project which is calling, but I still want to wrap this one up. It describes some things that I care a great deal about.
I have said this before and say it again. My opening sucked. It was plodding, too detailed and didn't get to the story. I was 30 pages or more in before anything interesting happened. It was legacy stuff that I hated to say goodbye to - but I finally said get the heck out of here and trashed it.
My opening now runs 16 pages and is tight and - since practice makes better - I'm a way better writer than I was a few years ago.
The new opening is posted under excerpts and I encourage comments.
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.