Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Starting Line
I suck at beginnings, at least the first time around I do. Unfortunately, I'm working on one right now, and I can't get it off my mind. As I've said before, I'm infamous for rewriting my first chapter at least 10 times with each book. My endings seem to flow so easily, but the beginnings are like trying to turn coal into a diamond--it takes a long time + the perfect conditions and it won't happen just by sitting on it.
The thing is that eventually I get there. My beginnings are usually solid by the time I finish. It's just a lot of work to get to that point. And every writer has their own struggles. My friend and crit partner Candice struggles with the endings. Her beginnings are gorgeous... her endings are where she needs to focus to get it right.
Where do you struggle? For those of you that are like me, here are a few links to some tips on creating a great beginning by awesome literary sources:
From Kate Schafer Testerman
From Natalie Fischer on Nailing Voice in your opening &
From the fab Guide to Literary Agents