Yesterday I finished my first chapter… for the fifth time.
I think first lines and chapters are the hardest things to write. You have to convey so much – the character’s personality, the tone of the story – as well as make it exciting enough that the reader will pick it up. You could just rewrite and rewrite until you’re just about happy with the outcome, but I find it easiest to just write it… and move on to the next chapter. Otherwise you’ll never get anywhere. Once you have the entire first draft, THEN go back to it (and rewrite the entire first third as I have to do now). But it’s better that way. You know the characters, and you know where the plot is going. AND you have motivation to keep at it, because you have the rest of the story encouraging you.
In other news, I woke up at 7am today (2 hours earlier than usual) to watch the Chinese Grand Prix. After a boring start, it went slightly crazy by the end, and Jenson Button (my favourite) came second.
Couldn’t resist putting that picture there 🙂
So how do you go about tackling first lines and chapters? I’d love to hear your comments.