This challenge isn’t for you–at least not this month! It’s for those of us working on manuscripts at a less aggressive pace. In fact, it’s all about slowing down and really looking at your novel–once you’re at least a few chapters into writing it.
The challenge is this. First, read your first chapter with a critical eye. Is it doing its job in setting up the story, setting and characters?
As you continue to write, and/or revise, throughout the next month, keep returning to that beginning. How do the choices you’ve made later in the manuscript relate to your first chapter? Is the opening still doing its job? What can you tweak now that you know more about your characters and your story arc? What can you add or subtract?