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September 15, 2012
Posted at 3:12 pm
Updated: September 15, 2012 - 6:36 pm
 

Chapter 4

I've just submitted Chapter 4, so it should be up soon.

I've found this chapter the hardest one so far to get into any sort of state that I'm happy with. This is the third rewrite of it that I've done. I'm still not that happy with it and it could do with some more work. But I now feel that I need to post it and move on or its going to drain me too much, if I keep working on the same chapter for much longer. I expect to come back to it later, but as with any other changes that I do after I've posted a chapter, the actual story won't change.

One of the things that I've found hard with this chapter, is to make it not feel too forced. Originally the events that happen in this chapter were going to happen a few chapters later on. But I felt that the pace of the story was too slow, so rearranged things a bit. However the first version of this chapter felt way too quick or forced. I hope the rewrites have improved it. I would like to hear other people's opinion on if it feels too quick or forced.

Another thing that changed during these rewrites, was the length of the chapter. In the end I decided to split it up into two chapters. So the chapter 4 that I've submitted is really the first part of what used to be chapter 4. The second part will now be chapter 5, which should be posted in a couple of days.

Finally a bit of news, is that I've decided to put my other story (which was my main one) on hold for now and focus on this one.

I already knew it, but the scores that this story have got, have told me that I really need to focus on improving my technical writing skills. So by focusing on only one story, I hope that I can spend more time on improving that area.