Dear Sailor's Daughters or whatever I end up calling you,
Where do you begin? I mean, seriously. This is only my fourth time writing you. ;-\
I know where you begin chronologically, but where does the story begin? And why is this oaf named Taylor taking over my story into some weird runaway slave/blackmail story? I mean, I'm glad this inciting stuff has a purpose now, but I don't want it to be all about him. He's not the main character here! He's not even the main antagonist!
What the hell is going on in this book?! One second, we're talking about an employee leaving and the next we're talking about a sugarcane harvest and oh, dear God, why are we sucking so much at description, book?
Right now, Miles and his wife, Adele, are talking over their options after Taylor has blackmailed them via letter and the point of the novel comes out from this whole mess of a beginning because it's about family. Soon, Taylor will start making more unpleasant insinuations and then Adele dies, which will be very sad, but will get the story moving along.
Book, do you mind not feeling like I'm pulling teeth while I'm writing down this beginning? I know it's new words and that's why they sound slapped down instead of crafted and yes, they are a bit boring right now, but hang in there, novel. Think of Alexandra up in the rigging of the ship. Think of a less confused Miles. Think of Mrs. Braddock. Think of making Lady Banston just that little bit of a haughty aristocrat. Think of more Pearl in your future!
In the meantime, let's figure out these beginning bits, okay? We can do it. We can do this without too many info dumps, right, book?