I went to a prose workshop last week with my Writers Circle. Now that my Alina book is up and running, I’m trying to get back to my sci-fi, The Flight of the Kestrel. (It’s really hard. I seem to have spent so long researching and organising for Alina, that I’ve forgotten how to write fiction.)
I’ve decided to start the book earlier in the action, so I’m writing a new beginning, and I took the first page for the group to comment on. The general opinion was: too much description, no insight into what they are thinking/feeling, and ‘what makes your book different to all the other ‘adventures in a space ship’ stuff?’
Okaaay… So they suggested I rewrite it in the first person and take all the description out, and then come back later and only put in the minimum to make it understandable. And someone asked why my captain had to be a man?
Why indeed? So I did all of that, and made my captain a woman… It’s certainly better, and it gave me a fresh insight on it. Whether it works – I’ll let you know.