Well, gang, I hate to break this string of posts about POV, but I can’t think of a thing to add to the discussion.
I’m currently struggling with the idea of perfection. In other words, I’m revising.
First chapters, especially opening paragraphs, are a huge source of grief for me. I know all too well their importance. Yet I also know better than to try to polish chapter one to a spit shine at the expense of never writing the rest of the novel. So I wrote a crappy first draft of a crappy first chapter and then went on about the business of completing the book. I knew I would have to come back and face those opening lines at some point. But I tried hard to ignore them.
Now here I am. The first draft is done. I’ve completed a hard copy read of the entire manuscript. And I’m staring at PAGE ONE, CHAPTER ONE again.
I have rewritten the opening several times. I like the new versions…briefly. By the next day, however, they’ve lost their charm.
I really want to brush it aside and go on to revise Chapter Two. Or three. Or twenty. Anything but Chapter ONE.
But I NEED to grit my teeth and figure out how to make this blasted first chapter the best it can be. Unfortunately, all I see are all the things about it that are wrong. Maybe I’ve read too many books on writing great openings. That long list of “don’ts” is daunting.
I have written, rewritten, copied, pasted, slashed, and burned. And I’ve thrown in the towel. At least for the moment. I have a few tweaks I want to make, but then I’m moving on to the second chapter!
Does the quest for perfection drive you as nuts as it does me???