I realized yesterday how fortunate it is that I write several threads into my books – it gives me a choice of which one to launch from, which beginning to use.
As many of you know, I’m working on my third book, still tweaking and swapping things about, and still plenty more to write and play with. So, what the heck am I doing now?
Well, my first choice for the opening scene was quite good. It got you straight into the story, put you right there on scene and in the thick of it, and I liked it.
I changed it when I ripped out another thread – yes, the one that collapsed everything (or at least I thought so). The replacing stuff had to be more dynamic, something that brought in… let’s say the abrupt challenge I was looking for to ramp up everything that thread is about. Having worked something out, it seemed natural to lead off with it, so my opening for that thread moved up to the first page.
So far, so good. What I originally had was moved into second place and I added some good description in front of it, which is necessary and fits so perfectly I am loathe to change it back (as a beginning, that lovely description might work for some but not likely for others. I prefer a fast-paced start to a book).