Awhile ago, I blogged about how Ally Condie mentioned she’d revised her first page and the changes that brought about (see blog post here). So I thought I took this advice, as I’ve revised my first chapter like a billion times . . . though that might be a slight exaggeration.
But it wasn’t until I got this amazing brilliant idea suggested this weekend (a big thank you goes out to Jeni for stating the obvious. And even Jeni’s read this chapter dozens of times!).
You see, I have this pointless character name Gresham (whom I just love — isn’t that always how it happens?) that shows up in chapter one of TLO. He’s perfect for the scene, and such a fun character. But he NEVER SHOWS UP AGAIN! Now Jeni had this brilliant idea that I take him out and give that scene to Dr. Brennan, who is Mykelle’s mentor while in the colony. And I’m just like: Gee . . . how is it that I never thought of this brilliant idea. That way an important character is revealed earlier on, and I don’t give stage time to some (practically) nameless person who has no point.
Of course, this brilliant idea switched things up a bit, since Dr. Brennan’s character is different from this now dead-to-my-story Gresham. But it also added a bit of spice. So I spent hours and hours perfecting this first chapter (again). And here’s a picture of John Grisham (from his Random House UK author page), whom I *slightly* named my Gresham after. RIP dear character . . .
So that’s my success story for the day. How’s your writing been going? Any small stories of success (or rather ‘duh’ moments)?