Friday, October 11, 2013
Fixing the First Page
I attended a writer's conference recently and so much importance was placed on the first page. I understand that many agents completely reject a manuscript if the first page isn't amazing. Good isn't good enough.
So I've decided to rework mine.
I've written and rewritten the first page countless times already. I'm planning on moving the dialogue up. I plan on moving some of the description down (or completely eliminating it). But how do you know when it's finally good enough?
I feel like I've gotten to the point where I can't even see what I'm writing. I've read and reread the words so many times that they no longer have meaning. There's so little objectivity left in me that further editing seems impossible.
What do you do to make your first page sing? Do you feel like you've come up against a wall of words and have no idea where to go from there?
Sylvia Plath said that the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Truer words have never been said.
I think I'll make the small changes I can see and let go. I'll fix those little things and send it out into the world to fend for itself.