Arguably the most important part of any book written is the first chapter, in particular, the first page. Get this wrong, not only would you lose the reader, but more likely, you wouldn’t have had the novel published in the first place.
Now, for the latest story I’m writing I’m on the third different opening/prologue/first chapter. What this says about me as a prospective writer, I don’t know, but I suspect that it’s more of a common problem than I’m making it out to be. Have I hit on the opening? I don’t know. Two of my lead characters though are suddenly opening the book whereas before it was looking like they wouldn’t be making an appearance until at least the third chapter. But it feels right!
Does it read right though? Actually, yes and even more surprising since I had to decipher the scribbled notes I made before going to bed on Friday night! My Lady Wife is always saying I should have been a doctor, the state of my hand-writing. It’s short, just shy of 1,200 words, but just because it’s short, doesn’t mean to say it isn’t right. But, this is only a first draft, so undoubtedly there will be changes as the story progresses. At least it’s nice to meet these guys sooner rather than later.
So why did I bring up the dreaded ‘P’ word? Because it’s taken me a while to start up writing again. Yes, I know the old adage that you should write at each and every opportunity, no matter how rubbish it may come out. Have tried to do that, but for the last month, I’ve been doing the work of 4 people (two empty posts and t’other chap is quite ill). My hours have also changed, for the moment, so the last thing I feel like doing at the moment when I get home, is picking up a laptop and tapping away. I’ve tried, but it just hasn’t worked. That’s where the ‘P’ word comes in, I guess.
Will this ‘new beginning’ change that? I sure hope so, as I really want to try and get at least a first draft finished prior to the RNA conference in July. Always like to have something new to bring with me to these times.
Nearly forgot to mention. My previous ‘start’s to this story had been in the first person, and this one’s in the third. Correct, I don’t like making it easy for myself!
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