Today I am reworking the second chapter of Rupert. Sophia, a wonderful woman who has read/critiqued my first chapter, commented that since Rupert is a middle grade book the major conflict needs to come pretty quickly. Geeze, how did I miss that! Here I am, writing a book where the major conflict doesn't come in until the fourth chapter, that's 1/4 of the way through the book (there are twelve chapters currently planned and written).
At first when I realized this I was pretty bummed and didn't know how to rework those first few chapters as I love what I have already written. Writing is a process of editing and knowing when to delete and change. I have decided to write a new second chapter and introduce the conflict earlier. Doing this, I am avoiding having to completely delete my second-fourth chapters, but I will have to change them a little. Clever, eh? haha
Anyways, there's where Rupert is currently at.
Also, here's a great piece of advice Dad gave me earlier this week. When you are critiquing a piece of work don't focus on content but on helping them becoming a better writer.