Before I get onto the real topic of today, I just want to point you in the direction of another blogfest I signed up to! Yes, it may be the start of an addiction! This one is all about kissing scenes, and is especially for Valentine's Day. Should be fun!
Now, onwards with a progress update!
For the longest time, I have been battling with the opening chapter of my WIP, and it has been a really stressful time. The reason it has been so tough is that I originally write this story - or the bones of it - when I was 14. Back then, I was....okay...at writing, but very unpolished and my ideas about relationships came from a very innocent perspective.
I started to work on it again around ten years later, and realised that it needed a LOT of work. At 24, I had some experience behind me, and could look at everything I'd written from an adult's perspective. Some of what I already had was better than I thought, but much of it was worse. I developed new ideas, explored the characters further and it began to take shape.
Life got in the way again, and although I have occasionally tapped away at it, I started to think it was destined to live inside my computer, unfinished.
At the start of this year, it occurred to me that I was wasting a lot of time. I have my freelance work to do during the day, but my evenings and weekends were spent lost inside Sims 3 (shush, I love that game!). Don't get me wrong, I do have friends and go outside the house too, but mostly, I felt that I had wasted precious hours I could have used to do something creative.
I always felt like my WIP would be the one piece of work that actually stands a chance of getting published, but that - obviously - wouldn't happen if I didn't finish it. One of the biggest challenges in my way was the mess that used to be my first chapter. We all know that if the first few pages doesn't engage the reader, they are unlikely to keep turning the pages, and mine wasn't engaging at all. In the past, it seemed as though it wasn't possible to fix it, but all it really needed was patience and determination.
It took me more than a week to be happy with the first four pages - and that is shockingly slow - but even though it did take a long time, it was totally worth it so I can say that I am finally happy with my opener. I can't say that it is 100% perfect, but it is definitely a million times more interesting than it used to be!