16 March 2009

Kill the first chapter

Today’s post at Black Gate is a short (for me, anyway) discussion on why writers often end up throwing out the first chapter of their novel when they do a second draft. Throw it out, or move it, or revise it into something entirely different. First chapters rarely survive to the end the way they were first conceived. I’m speaking from personal experience here, and from my current working on revising Orphans of Fenris for National Novel Editing Month.

Anyway, enjoy.