Working on a few things to post over the next week, but for now I’m going to share a draft of Phantasia’s first chapter (I must stress the draft part – I’ve already notes on things I want to change!). I’m posting this for those who have stuck with me all this time. I really do worry that people think I’ve given up, or that I’ve been slacking off XD
This is about the fifth variation of the first chapter I’ve written since the start of 2012. The first chapter is also a reader’s first impression of the story, so I’ve been going through all these different versions trying to work out what I want that first impression to be. One could go even further and say the first page – the first paragraph even – is the most important of all (and I still need to work on that). You’ve got maybe a couple thousand words – a couple hundred even – to establish themes and character, and get the reader hooked. I have no idea if I’ve ever come close to doing that.
On the plus side, it’s not the first chapter from years ago. My embarrassment over that tragedy is what has spurred me into putting so much effort into it this time!
So let me know what you’re first impressions are. The one thing a writer can never do is approach their work as a new reader would!