Don’t let your opening cement in your mind – by Nathan Bransford…

I’m a big fan of self-editing novels while I’m writing them. You can stop problems from snowballing, looking at previous stretches can spark new ideas that become useful later, and you ultimately have less work to do when you’re finished.

But there is one significant danger in re-reading your work in progress: every time you re-read a portion of your novel, it’s like wet cement that becomes just a bit more hardened and locked into place.

If you’re not careful, you’ll stop imagining that a new and better beginning is not only possible, but almost assuredly necessary.

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