This post is a HUGE thank you to Linda Jackson and Morgan Shamy for giving me some writerly advice and pushing me in the right direction with my novel. I've been troubled with the first chapter for a long time and I just couldn't figure out what to do with it, and now I know. So I'm back to the drawing board, but I'm totally okay with that. I grew as a writer while the novel went from my head to the keyboard, and therefore what I wrote in the beginning no longer matched what I was writing at the end. Does that make sense? I'm so green with this whole industry that it's overwhelming, but everyone has to start somewhere.
Thanks again to you two!