Since my last blog post, after receiving a critique on the first chapter of my novel, I have been sweating over a hot Mac re-drafting several versions of Chapter One.

Where to fix my pressure sensitive starting blocks to ensure potential readers get off to a flying start when I introduce my MC?

Whilst still pondering over the various places I could set my pressure sensitive starting blocks to ensure potential readers are off to a flying start when I introduce my MC,  I found Anne R. Allen’s post 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing.

How I wish I had read it before I found out my story started in the wrong place!

I usually write the final draft of my first chapter last. That’s because I won’t know exactly what needs to be in there until I’ve got the ending all polished up.

Anne R. Allen

Writing the final draft of your first chapter last makes perfect sense to me now.  How can you really know what needs to go in it until you’ve finished the whole story?

I am thankful for having received that critique and happy to have found Anne R. Allen’s blog.

Whether or not my revised Chapter One will include the vital ingredients required in a first chapter to ensure 93,000 words get off to a flying start, only time will tell.

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