April 22, 2013
Random Monday Giggle
So here I am, re-writing chapter one. Again. Trying to tighten everything up, killing my darlings, yadda yadda.
And someone in the story makes a cup of tea and drinks it before it’s cool.
And I realize that I just put a hipster in my Fantasy novel.
About Kate Sparkes
Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans.
USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost.
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April 22nd, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Ha! Happy Monday Writing, I spent my
afternoon reworking chapter one too. So happy I put in the time though, with the darlings killed it reads tighter.
April 22nd, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Hurts though, don’t it? 🙂
April 23rd, 2013 at 8:30 am
It’s funny, because I’m in the middle of a rewrite of my first chapter! Yeah, it hurts. But I’ll bet that chapter is all the better for it.
April 23rd, 2013 at 8:47 am
Here’s hoping! I’m at the point where I’ve read so much advice on story craft and writing that I’m worried about losing my own vision. The changes have been positive so far, but at some point it has to be enough. I’m not writing a cookie-cutter story, here!
If the change makes the story better, I keep it. If it just makes it more like everyone else’s, forget it. Sound like a good plan? 🙂
April 23rd, 2013 at 10:17 am
I swear, those hipsters are everywhere! 😉 I’ve edited our first chapter so many times I think I have it memorized. It got to the point where I couldn’t even stand to look at it, so I had to take a break for a bit, and now I’m editing it all again…sigh.
It’s a tough line, trying to get your prose streamlined so it flows well, cutting out unecessaries, and still keeping your own voice. Good luck with your editing! 🙂
April 23rd, 2013 at 1:17 pm
Yep. If we never see chapter one again it’ll be too soon. (Ever wonder what exactly the phrase “If I never see ____ again it’ll be too soon” even means???? I do.) I get real tired of my chapter one, but I also love seeing how it’s grown and changed and become stronger. I sort of save different groups of CPs to hit up after it’s changed enough so I have “fresh eyes” so to speak. But a writer’s work on chapter one is probably never done… So keep it at. You’re bringing it one step closer to pure awesomeness.
April 23rd, 2013 at 1:46 pm
I try not to mess with the first chapter too much – unless it’s really not working. It needs to be a strong enough foundation to carry the rest of the story.