Every author has an Achilles Heel to suffer. No book is the same, but over the years I’ve noticed that I have problems with one thing…the beginning. Some authors need a title, or character names, the ending, or a middle scene to get started. Not me. I need that key opening scene.
Here’s the rub…I usually end up deleting most of the first chapter and changing it by the time it’s done. So why suffer through making that first chapter perfect? I, honestly, don’t know. Crazy, right?
A hard deadline is approaching, and I’m sweating it. Not because I’m slacking, but because there is something about the beginning of this book that I don’t like, and I can’t figure out what it is. It’s in my every waking (and sleeping) thought.
Writing those first words on a blank page is one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. No joke. And I’ve done some pretty tough things in my life. I really do sweat it. Doing it again for the next book…and the next…well, that’s just gotta be crazy.
I love writing. I love getting to know my characters, the stories of their lives, the workings of their mind…I love putting them in near-impossible situations and learning how they get out of them.