I am in an abusive relationship with the first few chapters of my WIP right now. We don't understand each other and we are both fighting to have things our own way. Unfortunately, my characters have taken the story's side so I am left a bit outnumbered.
It shouldn't be this hard. I know exactly where the story is going, I know what is going to happen, and everything else that I need to know, except where to start. And that is only a problem because this is book two in a continuing series and I can't decide what or even if I should recap from the first book. Personally, I HATE when books do that, as I never need a recap, and it's impossible to throw little bits of recap into a story without it sounding forced. Or that is to say, I've never read one that wasn't forced sounding. I know that is a personal preference, but I am having a hard time writing something that I think sounds fake and forced, even if it is in fact the correct way to do it.
There is also the issue of having too much information. When I researched how much recapping to do, the general consensus was to tell the reader what they need to know if they didn't read the first book. Problem is, that is WAY too much information! I'm seriously considering going Vampire Academy style and writing a recap of everything important that happened in book one as a prologue. That may seem like the easy way out, but I am banging my head against the wall here, and I can't take yet another fight today:
Characters: You are not seriously going to make us say this stuff, are you?
Me: I have to.
Characters: No you don't, this is stupid. People don't talk this way. They don't discuss past events like a highlight reel.
Me: Just do it, please. It's the way it's supposed to be.
Characters: Nope, not going to happen.
Me: I am in charge here, and you'll do as I say!
Characters: Screw you. No.