Taking on board some of the criticisms/observations offered from readers of both Russian Redemption and Fated Encounters I have approached the new book from a slightly different angle. Don't get me wrong the criticisms/observation were offered in a friendly manner, designed to help me.
I think it is very easy for a new author to make simple mistakes here, and these mistakes lead on to bigger mistakes, or at the very least an incomplete 'feeling' for the reader. The main focus is on the character development aspect - what (you may ask) has character development got to do with setting the scene? Quite a lot actually. Y'see you don't have to give a two chapter character history in order to give character development - Miss *** was born on ...... in ... weighed .... measured... she likes .... and .... so on - let's be honest, that would be incredibly boring for the reader. So, I'm practicing the art of subtlety for my next book.
Also, an incredibly important thing for me to remember is that the reader can't see what I can. For those new to this site I should probably explain that my method of writing is a little unusual in so much as my stories are more like recordings of what I see developing whilst sat in the private cinema inside my head - told you it was unusual! I need to focus more on painting the picture for the reader, the scene. But, in doing so I also want to work in little character details, a depth to their individual characters.
I do have one slight concern though; I think it will be very easy to overplay the detail. I quite like giving the basic outline to my characters, descriptively. I actually want my readers to fill in a lot of the detail with their own imagery. I honestly think that this helps with the reader 'buy-in' to the story, characters that they can associate with. It's a fine line and, as always, there will be some people that want more or less.
Anyway, here is my latest offering, the first draft opening to my newest WIP temporarily known as 'A New Beginning'.