Rescuing the Opening

Beginnings. Openings. Oh the dread.

Image: CA Hawthorne

Image: CA Hawthorne

I mentioned last week I’d gone through four different openings to A River in Each Hand. Too true. I’m not talking about editing four times, but literally scrapping four openings and starting over. Too, I don’t mean the opening line or paragraph. I’m talking about more than a dozen scenes.

I’m not here to teach anyone how to write an opening, but my misadventures might be helpful to some. Too, I won’t punish you by sharing the trashed openings. They’ve already been dropped into the Mariana Trench.

On a side note: There are reports of deep sea creatures going insane in the Mariana Trench.

Finding a worthy opening for A River in Each Hand (Bk2) was a different challenge because it was my first true sequel. I’d already written Torment Surfacing (Bk2A), but it has an entirely different cast of characters.

The errors made in the first three versions?


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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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