Confession: I am terrified of first pages.
Like, shiver-till-my-nerve-endings-fail-me terrified.
That's why I've been rereading books in my WIP's genre. And my favorite books in general. I check for overall tone, flow of words, and characterization. To me, the best first pages/chapters give you a sense of everything that's happening and a sense of what's to come later on. Ever heard how agents refer to that opening line as a guarantee? Well, I think the first page strengthens that guarantee. It reinforces the point the author wants to make with the image they create with the opening line.
No pressure, huh?
I guess my my main concern is cramming too much into one place. To me, nailing that perfect balance takes two things:
Oh, and critique partners help A LOT, too :)
So yeah, my advice is simple: work x100000000 on that first line/page/chapter/wholemanuscript. Beat the fear with perseverance. And eat some chocolate while you're at it.
Okay. That last thing doesn't really do anything for your WIP, but... it's... important?
Now tell me: do you have first page phobia? If so, how do you deal with it?
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