It’s been a toil, but I sat down today and made a push. After a lot of thought, I decided the best thing to do was edit chapter 2 where my protagonist is travelling to the city. I realised I had to create much more of an impression of the journey than I had in the first draft, rather than fast-tracking her to the bit where she’s climbing up the pass and then sees and approaches the city.
So that’s what I’ve done and it’s now helped me to, I hope, give a much better picture to the reader later on when my character is travelling around the country, of the context of what she is encountering, and will generally make more sense.
In the course of this, the stuff about farming, crops, the amount of rainfall in various areas, is being worked in naturally, which is how I wanted it. So it’s all good.
Speaking of which, here are those nice people from ROW80 for another check-in (thanks for the encouragement ROW80 participants!):