Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Cut

I wish I could remember where I read this tip but it worked really well for me. The tip was simple advice for beginning authors:

Delete you first three chapters.

Oh my God. That worked so well for my story I cannot believe it.

The main function of my first chapter is to hook the reader so well that they cannot put down the book. I want the reader that reads preview pages on Amazon to press one click just to see what happens next.

Most of the first three chapters I cut had utility later. Some of it just was not necessary.

--Only about 20 chapters left to review in the cut phase.

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