I’ve written one novel, revised it more times than I can count, and submitted to approximately 28 agents with lukewarm success.
The most common feedback I received was that agents liked my concept, but the opening wasn’t grabbing them.
Which is why it took me so long to start my next project. I was literally terrified of writing another boring opening chapter.
I’ve been planning this book since June… wanted to start writing in July. Didn’t. Wanted to start in August. Didn’t. Wanted to start in September… well, you get the picture.
I signed up for NaNoWriMo because I was so fed up with my fear. I missed writing. I used to LOVE the first draft process. Watching a story come to life after being just a spark is THE BEST.
I finished my opening chapter today. Had my fiancé read it. (I know he’s biased, but still.) He laughed out loud in parts. And his feedback was how impressed he was that it opened with such a punch. (My MC eats alien bugs and then has to race back to the space shuttle because of a tsunami.)
So I feel like I conquered my biggest fear, but also grew as a writer. I’m not doomed to write boring first chapters. I can learn and grow and become a stronger writer. I just need to get my butt in that chair, hands on keys, and WRITE.
So to all of you who have fears to overcome–I feel you! You can overcome them! I believe it you! Let’s create!