As we are swiftly approaching the end of National Novel Writing Month, I know that for some authors their next step is going back to the beginning. After giving your manuscript some time and space, you’ll want to go back to the beginning and start your editing process.
Jeff Gerke, writing a guest post for Brian A. Klems at “The Writer’s Dig”, sums up quite nicely 4 approaches to beginning your novel. Though, he’s speaking to the art as starting from scratch, I think these points could be spun, without much effort, as a guide to beginning your editing process with the first chapter–it is your foundation, after all!
Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and enjoy an introductory excerpt from the article.
There are four primary approaches for beginning a successful novel. Probably more, including some highly experimental ones, but these are the classic main four. Run your story idea through the filter of each of these and see if one of them feels right for your book.