I'm blogging for Danita today. The computer really DID eat her blog. In fact, it did such a good job that she doesn't have internet now. We're hoping that nothing else was lost. Remember, everyone, back up that work!
But, in Danita's honor, I'd like to talk about one of her favorite topics: Beginnings. Or rather NEW beginnings. My WIP is only the 3rd MS that I've finished, but neither of my previous two were quite the problem children that this one is morphing into. Both of my previous MS have had the same basic beginning since day one. In fact, in both cases, the beginning was one of the first things that came to me.
If only it were so for this WIP. Just deciding WHERE to begin was a trial. The book originally came to me in the 1st person POV, then demanded to be 3rd. Then I decided to bookend my novel with two funerals, and the beginning seemed pretty set . . .
Until it wasn't. Now, I've realized that if heroine owns the story, we need to begin in her POV. I've drafted a new beginning, but I'm feeling like there's too much action and too many characters all at once. It's a mess.
And, luckily, I'm not asking you to solve it. Instead, I want to know about YOUR problematic beginning: What's the most number of times that you've rewritten an opening chapter? What's the most radical change you've attempted? How long does it take you to love the new beginning? Ever chuck it and go back to the old? Ever burn a MS based on a beginning that refused to submit . . . .okay, just kidding on that one. I think. But, do share your tales of beginning woes. Misery loves a little company.