Re-write then re-write again…

I’ve found that the beginning of a book always needs to be re-written more times than the sections toward the end. Have you found that also?

When I first started to write, it bothered me a great deal that my characters had trouble getting to know each other. Finally, I began to realize that at the beginning of the book my characters were still working out who they were and their relationships to others. Just like in the beginning of a new friendship, you act one way to a new friend because you only understand superficially who that person is. Once the friendship grows, subtle and not-so-subtle shifts occur in how you interact. So by the end of the book, it’s logical that your characters are interacting more naturally.

My advice? Re-write the beginning of your book as many times as needed. Eventually, you’ll feel it flow as naturally as the latter portions.

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About loubelcher

I'm a freelance artist and writer. I enjoy anything whimsical and my art and writing generally concentrate on the lighter side of life.
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