I managed to write chapter 2 and I cannot believe how much it sucks. I have yet to find my footing in the story, my sense of characters and so, though I’m satisfied with chapter one, I am not with 2. Therefore, I cannot move on until I have rewritten it and come up with something that I like.
I find that I, I don’t know about other writers, need to get the first few chapters as close to perfect as I can before moving on to the rest of the story. Because the first few chapters set the tone of the story, if I don’t rewrite them about a million times, I cannot grasp the characters I’m writing about and then things are doubly difficult.
My protagonist is a stranger to me right now. That’s the problem I am facing. I spent the first book in her head but then she changed and I’m all…hmmmmmm. She changes in an irrevocable way (that’s all I can say without giving things away) so this is all very complicated.