Ah, yeah, those first three chapters. I just realized that I need to tinker with them again. Maybe another draft from Chapters Two through Five now. I need to simplify. You don't want to get bogged down in too much stuff. In fact, that's what a lot of my Chapter One through Three revisions (eight so far) have been about.
Simplify. Stay on task.
My theory is that if I can get the beginning of this book right, the rest of it will write itself. I just don't know who will be president by the time that happens.
I'm feeling much better about these rewrites since discovering that I am an organic writer. I no longer feel inept, I feel organic. (Though from the little I've read on this subject, plotters think organic writers are inept.) Anyway, now I feel that I am hunting for story architecture and that makes me feel as if I'm doing something specific rather than just thrasing about.
I know what I will be doing next week. It is so good to have plans.