I have finished the first draft of my fantasy novel and I am not sure how to clean up the first section so it is as interesting as the rest of the book, and basically how to form it into a more cohesive beast. The fantasy is one of those horse and sword era ones, but is more realistic then many I've read, no obvious magic, very logical. Basically the first part is where my heroine is introduced, fights to be accepted to be trained [in a very elite section of the army], and goes through her training until she 'graduates' [sorry, tired brain can't think of corect word]. The next section of the book is where she goes out into the big bad world and starts to cause all sorts of trouble Her training has its book-worthy moments, but I am unsure how much of her early years I should include. Do I paint the early bit with a really broad brush, 'her training continued, brutal, demanding, but forming her into the weapon the Queen wanted; calm, capable and extremely dangerous.' And then just pick out the best, [most full of conflict, etc.] of the scenes I have written to zoom in on? Bin the rest? I am certainly not trying to write a book-per-year blow by blow of her training, but i think i probably have way more info than others would find interesting. I would get feed back on the novel except its condition is too ghastly to show undressed to anyone yet. Shameful lol. I want to clean it up a bit, it all just seems too big to get my head round it all. Do any of you enjoy reading about warriors being trained, or is it all a bit yawn-worthy?