I took my red pen yesterday and made some serious revisions to Rule of Thirds, a book that I thought was done (hah). I had a number of inspirations for making these changes: Mia Marlowe’s “Red Line Thursdays”, focusing on the first 500 words of a book, Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s emphasis on showing backstory sparingly through the first chapter, and Michael Hauge’s “From Identity to Essence” story arc workshop.
instead of starting the book with Francesca Garancini’s heels sinking into the turf at the soccer stadium (an opening scene I’ve played with since, oh, 1997), the new opening is when she wakes up in bed at Paolo’s apartment the morning after. already it feels like the right revision–I don’t know that there’s anything lost with the change. but let me know your thoughts: do you miss the first scene at the stadium? the scene in the cafe? the first sex scene?