There’s a movie version of Frank Herbert’s Dune that came out back in the 1980s. Personally, I really liked the David Lynch’s interpretation, despite what most others have expressed. Sure, there were things I didn’t like, but overall I liked the characterization.
The beginning of that movie had an introduction by the Princess Irulan. “The beginning is a very delicate time.” There was a chapter header in the book (it wasn’t the first chapter) with a similar sentiment.
I’m writing in The Archives right now – the first novel. I have a working title, but it’ll change probably three times before I settle in on it, so I won’t give it out now. But the beginning of the first novel requires a delicate touch. If one thing is is “off” a bit, everything will be off. And there could be in the neighborhood of thirty books in this series.
So far I have about forty pages written. Some of that is a sketch of the plot, but the actual prose of the story has been getting a going-over multiple times. Each time I detect something missing or wrong that would affect not only this book but the rest of them, too.
Yes, the beginning is a very delicate time.
The Archives is coming together. Slowly for now, but it’s on the way.
Anyone who is interested in reading VERY rough drafts and commenting, please contact me.