Quick Points on Rewriting the First Line, First Paragraph, First Chapter

I've rewritten the first chapter of my WIP about six times. First paragraph? Probably a few more than that.  I had received feedback from one beta-reader that my second chapter was stronger than the first. And another beta-reader informed me that she got into my book "after the first chapter." After isn't good. During is …

Relationship status with my second draft: It’s complicated.

Why does working on the second draft of my book remind me of a relationship? And I don't mean that in a Beyonce-Single-Ladies-carefree-dating-kind-of way. I'm talking about the awkward stage. Where you've been dating someone for a while, and it's starting to feel like "work." It wasn't always this way. When we were in the …