I’m reading your comments and not commenting because I’m still in the zone where I’d probably start justifying which is just wrong, and I’d planned on doing the discussion post on Monday since I figured most people would take the weekend and I’d need that time to figure everything out, BUT . . .
Lots of you are mentioning that you know I need the Hotels later. I do. BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER. If they’re a problem, they go.
Here’s the thing. When readers hit a part they don’t understand or can’t make mesh with the rest of the book, they skip it or skim it. That’s bad because it throws them out of the book, and it’s also useless because that important stuff that has to be in there for later? They’re not reading it, they’re skimming. So with the Hotels, I’m disrupting the story and not getting anything for doing it. And even if by some miracle I was getting something for doing it, it still wouldn’t matter because it throws people out of the book. It’s a lose-lose proposition.
All of which is to say, don’t worry about what I need later. Reading is in the now of the moment so my later needs are irrelevant to your reading of the book now. If you skim, it has to go.
My big fear now is that I’m going to have to cut Part One entirely and that’s gonna be a problem. Lotta set-up stuff in Part One. On the other hand, that’s 6,000 words right there. ARGH.