Reworked Chapter 1

I reworked chapter 1 heavily to add more action to it while still retaining the connection between Alysia and Vespasian.  Mainly the first three paragraphs have changed.  The rest of the changes were very minor.

It’s an interesting point to change your first chapter, the one that generally sets up the book.  I found that I was very hesitant to change the chapter.  It was my first piece done for the book and was very close and dear to me in terms of what direction I wanted to take the book.  It took many critiques on the first chapter to finally overcome my hesitance and give it some more action.  However, I wouldn’t have been able to make the changes work as well as I did if I was quick to change it early on.

Lesson learned: Be hesitant but open to changing your book.  If you are getting consistent critiques on an area or section of your book spend extra time reading over it.  Determine how you can make it better, but don’t be too quick or rash.

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~ by robertsinferno on October 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “Reworked Chapter 1”

  1. I totally agree with you here. I haven’t read your book – in fact I found you through FantasyBrewers – but I read this and I couldn’t help but to leave a comment expressing my thoughts. I went through the same revelation as I rewrote my book for the erm…sixth time. Along the way of writing it, I rewrote parts of it dozens of times, and the outcome worked.

    All in all, I couldn’t agree more; take all advice, but challenge it until you can decide for yourself if it’s necessary or not.

    Good words, good words. Best of luck with your novel! :]

    • Thanks for the comment. Six times? That’s some dedication…but I’m starting to realize more and more that I can expect to do the same thing. It’s great to hear your insight on it all, especially since you’ve “been there done that” in this area of writing. I’m sure the final product was awesome due to all the work you put into it.

      Thanks again and best of luck to you and your writing as well!

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