Guys, I must be a total dweeb. I think I’ve re-written Chapter 1 of my novel 30 times if I’ve written in once. As I write this, I’m in the process of re-writing it again! Why? Why do I keep fudging with it?
I have to admit this time it is much better and it moves the story forward faster and I can cut a bunch of words, but didn’t I do that the last time? If I keep doing this, Chapter 1 may be gone and Chapter 3 will take its place. Then Chapter 3 will dwindle away to make room for Chapter 9 to take over. Ahhhhh!!! Before I know it, my book will be about 30 pages long…the shortest fantasy novel in history!!!
Hey! Wait a minute! *snaps fingers*. That’s it! I’ll make it the shortest fantasy book ever! I can do that! But wait…no I can’t. Writing means editing which means the first 10 words will be replaced by the next 10…page 4 will replace page 1, and so on, and so on until there’s nothing left. My story will fall into oblivion.
Wait! *snaps fingers* Did I just find two more titles for books in that rant? Who would have thunk?
How many times have you re-written Chapter 1?
- Going With My Gut (marguerot.wordpress.com)
- Fandom Advice – How do you stay on track in serial publication? (projectteambeta.com)
- Chapters, Scenes, and Fiction Writing (advancedfictionwriting.com)
- Let Your Writing Breathe Before You Edit (robincoyle.wordpress.com)