Tag: focus your message
There’s this cult of the opening sentence, as if crafting a perfect first line is the key to writing a best-selling novel. Here's my take: it isn't.
“Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people." —Elmore Leonard
Being able to edit your own writing is a great skill, but this variation on a theme is about chopping the important things you’ve been waiting too long to fix. Maybe the reason you haven't been able to fix them is because they are un-fixable.
Sometimes, writing can feel like beating your head against a wall. If you're running up against an intimidating writing project, a "divide and conquer" approach might help you cross the finish line. With minimal head-banging.