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PostSubject: Chapter 2   July 3rd 2009, 7:46 am

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PostSubject: Reply   July 3rd 2009, 8:28 am

Okay, this is one of those sections that I enjoy, but that you will find others griping about. I like to know about how A gets to B. I consider it important, and often waste pages assuring that such details are present. If you read others however, you will find a quick sentence, maybe a paragraph, and BAM! -- they are where they need to be for the next section of intense drama.

You do need something however. Think about it - a section of history and explanation, a moody section about a strange dream, and now simply some nice conversation. There is no hook, and most readers would have dropped you. My suggestion on a fix would be to punch the dream, put it first, then give that history part.

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2   July 3rd 2009, 8:51 am

I actually took out the dream because the whole dream is played out later, and its significant to what happens afterwards. I suppose I could start it with the first half of the dream sequence though, its very nightmarish, it might see the characters through until things start livening up at the market.

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2   July 3rd 2009, 10:12 am

I'll post a few more chapters up, maybe take you to the massacre at the village or something, it's all still relatively early in the book.
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