Monday, June 29, 2009
Rethinking my novel
I've been re-thinking the first chapter of my ms. While I love it and think the scenes themselves are great, I don't know if they really work as a first chapter. There's no real inciting incident. In fact, while there's a smaller conflict started in chapter 2 (and I guess even at the end of chapter 1), the big one happens all the way in chapter 3. Then, there's the whole this-is-set-in-college thing, and my intended audience is YA/Teen. The content alone makes this a story that I can't make younger. It's about DJ's of a sex and relationship show...not exactly something they could do if they were in high school, seeing as how there's no way this would be sanctioned by school authorities. For that age, it would have to be a pirated show, and even then, it's part of who the characters are that has got them into the show...that includes studies they've done in college and their goals for the future. While I could take a pirated show or a show via internet for another novel, I don't see being able to do it with this story, because a great part of it is how the show affects the way others perceive them and how they deal with that. Gah, I just don't know. The thing is, I really believe in this story. I just don't know what the best market would be for the content. What to do, what to do?