Since I had Monday and Tuesday off work, I keep thinking today's Monday. No, it's Wednesday! I haven't done a WIP Wednesday post in forever.
The Trickster Society is coming along slowly. I wondered today why it was taking me so freaking long to get through every scene; then I realized I was stopping frequently to do research on various details connected with the setting or upcoming scenes. Usually I just make that shit up. My slow pace makes me think I'm overwriting, but I'm less than 10,000 words in.
I'm still not sure about the pacing. In the first chapter, Ivy endures a disastrous job interview; in the second chapter, her friend Robin introduces the idea of blowing off steam by running around at night pulling pranks and channeling their inner tricksters; in the third chapter, I introduce the rest of the main characters and have them all take up the trickster idea; in the fourth chapter, Ivy follows a group of shadow people (which she can see but most people can't) and discovers Something Horrible that she's going to need to ask her friends to help her with.
Now, keep in mind that my chapters are very short--around three thousand words. Still, four chapters seems a long time to make a reader wait to get to the main plot (although I've dropped some hints before). If I jump right into the action, though, not only will it make no sense, it'll also mess up the entire plot. I'm starting to see why so many books use the trite method of having a teaser first chapter with a snippet of action from later on in the book. I may be forced to do that, although I really hope not because I hate it when I read it in other people's books. When I'm reading, I don't mind if the plot doesn't hit the ground running; I don't mind finding out a little about the world and characters first--as long as the author isn't infodumping and as long as I'm getting hints of the action to come.