Friday, June 18, 2010

Question of the Day #590

Yesterday I printed out my WIP and read through it. I've read it, section by section many times, but reading the whole thing from start to finish made me realize one thing.

The opening is slow.

So I'm off to the chopping block.

The funny thing is, I've been so worried about coming up with an ending that it didn't occur to me that the beginning could be the weak spot.

What situation proved to be opposite for you lately?



  1. Maybe you could rework Lisa D's ending into a begining. I think she has something there :)

  2. Hmmm ... we heard we would get rain most of the time we were in Grand Teton, but we lucked out. Had perfect weather for kayaking one day and nice weather for hiking the next. We got lucky, I guess.

  3. Dang beginnings always take forever to get right. ;) Sometimes it's buried part-way into the book.

  4. I just posted something on my blog today ( about opening gambits that might be helpful.

    Another technique for finding your opening is to scan the first couple of pages until you see a paragraph with a great opening line. Chances are, you've been spinning your wheels until that point.

  5. Nancy, I found a paragraph a few pages in that might work. I'm going to your website right away. I can use all the help you have to give! xoxo


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