I’m Back!

Sorry for the lack of posts, replies, and comments to other blogs over the last two weeks. I’ve been busy acting in two different plays, the last of which closed last night. So now I’m back with several ideas for more posts! I promise to reply to your comments ASAP and check your blogs as well.

The First Chapter

I’ve never liked writing first chapters. I always find it a challenge to know what to say and then, while I’m mulling over that challenge in my head, I get tired of what I am doing and long for the later, more exciting chapters that I’ve already thought up in my head. The problem is though that you can never skip over a first chapter for even if you were to jump in and call it “Chapter Two” it would still be the first chapter and you’d still have the same troubles of thinking of what to say. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet but a first chapter by any other name would be just as grueling to write.

You see, I think that the first chapter must be an introductory into everything and I always find that, no matter how hard I try, I never introduce the characters or circumstances fully enough. I remember feeling this most intensely at the age of 7 when I decided to start a diary for the first time. For some reason, I thought that I really needed a full introductory to begin with so I started with the day I was born. I had very little details of that day of course, as I don’t really remember being born. Thus came the end of my diary writing career (until I picked it up 2 years later, that is.)

Now, a full introduction of EVERYTHING that has happened thus far would be bad enough if that were the only thing that you had to do. But alas, it is not. A good writer must also draw their readers in. Of course, this doesn’t apply for diary writing but for a novel or a blog it is quite important. I remember when I started story writing when I was 12, I had much trouble with this one. Even if I got the introductions off well enough, I never felt that they were interesting or eye-catching enough to be published. Therefore, I started many novels but only finished about 2 in a 4 year period. Even now, with the book I am writing which I have been working on for 3 years and which I think will one day be published, I have gone through countless revisions over the first chapter and have just barely gotten past it. Oh how those first chapters annoy me! Seriously, I think that if anything turned me away from writing (if anything ever could) it would be the writing of chapter one. Oh how I loathe it!

And now here I am, rambling on about how much I abhor first chapters simply to fill this first chapter of my blog. I haven’t introduced myself very much at all (besides the fact that I hate first chapters) and whether this has been interesting or not, well, I’ll let you be the judge of that. All I can say in explanation for myself is that I am a little bit weird at times but never fear…I already have some great ideas for the rest of my blog posts! I won’t always be this crazy/boring/complaining/strange (or whatever you think this post was.) And besides, everyone has to start somewhere!

Elizabeth