Title: Battle Scars: Men of the Cross
(book 1 of a series)
Revisions progress: chapter 1
Back to the beginning. Yes, the editorial comments are in and guess what? No surprises here. My novel isn’t quite ready for prime time.
Battle Scars opens in Southampton in March 1190 where Sir Henry de Grey is one of hundreds of knights preparing to begin the journey to the Holy Land. Henry is pumped up, ready to fight alongside Richard the Lionheart. Oh, Henry, if you only knew…
A handful of my MOOC classmates in Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction, offered some nice critiques of the opening scene a few weeks ago; and I’d read it to some librarian friends early in the summer who were anxious to hear chapter 2. My editors also like the opening but…
Yes, there’s that “but.” One of the editors’ suggestions include adding a bit more of the historical background in the opening scene. She’s right, of course, but this can be a dangerous thing. Writers must avoid the “info dump” and not go into history teacher mode. The background must blend in naturally. It’s a writing skill I’m working on!
So I’ve been revising chapter 1 for the last 5 days. I plan to read my revisions at writers group tonight. I’m sure it won’t be the last set of changes I make.