Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Writing Wednesday - What Now?

So last week I blogged that I'd finished the first draft of my new story. So now what? Revisions are on the way - but first I realized that I needed to start the story in a different place. And surprisingly I decided I had to start earlier in the story - usually I end up cutting things and starting later.

I'm not trying to get that perfect and memorable first line - though that would be nice. But I am trying to make sure that the conflict of the story actually shows up on page one. I have a tendency to think that the first page and chapter should be to to set up and introduce the characters - and they should - but I need to remember to make sure that the crux of the story is there too.

That's what I'm working on this week - not high word counts - just making sure I get a good first page.


kkolshorn said...

It sounds like you are on the right track. It is after all the first chapter that draws in the reader. I know I have put down books after reading the first chapter. Also, I am glad that you are keeping with the weekly themed updates. It is, after all, how I keep track what day of the week it is. I was beginning to worry that I would forget it is Wednesday without a WIP update. For those of you who don't know me, I am actually being serious here.

beth said...

Good luck! I know how difficult that is. I rewrote my beginning about five times, and I'm still not happy. So good luck!

PJ Hoover said...

And you're doing a great job of it!
I've heard:
Chapter 1 - Hook the reader.
Chapter 2 - Slow down and explain the world and characters.
Love the story!

Christine M said...

Kris - I'm glad that my weekly themed updates help you keep track of the days. And if you think it's hard to keep track of days now - just wait till the baby comes!

Beth - thanks for the good wishes. I don't mind re-writing it so much - it's just making sure I'm starting at a good spot.

PJ - thanks for helping me find that good spot to start! And I'm glad you like this story.