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Wednesday May 08, 2002
11:35 AM

Edited it!

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My editing block passed. I drew up a list of things that would go into the chapter and realized that they fell into two main headings, and that that was what would dictate the narrative flow.

Of course, it was Chapter 1. Chapter 1 is notorious for being a bugger to write--you have to set the groundwork for the rest of the book, so it's often easiest to write Chapter 1 after the rest of the book is written. That way you can also pilfer examples from the other chapters :-)


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  • I am so glad to find out that chapter 1 being a pain isn't just me. On to chapters 2 and 3, then!
    • Part of my Standard Advice to Authors (as received on stone tablets from Linda Mui) is "don't start with Chapter 1".


      • Sheesh--I made one of the classic mistakes. I'd best stay away from Sicilians and out of Asia, then...
        • Maybe I'm just weird, as I tend to stand with Chapter 1. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
        • You can go to Asia, just don't start a land war. :-)

          By the by, did you catch Clinton's thing on fencing masters?

          Here's the link:

      • I didn't have much trouble working on the MacPerl book, in large part because of my fairly extensive journalism background, where one guideline -- not a rule -- is to not start with your lead paragraph. It's not a rule because a paragraph is much shorter and easier to write and rewrite than a chapter, and further, sometimes a lead paragraph helps to put the rest of the story into the proper perspective, if focus is a problem. However, the same principle holds: if you are having problems, just start writin