If my voice is condensing into a style through the years, I will sooner or later have to make peace with it
Every chapter should have at least three "beats". Each beat must be connected with either "therefore" or "but".
A plot twist works best when a lot of emotional investment is made by the time it happens.
A short fiction. Feedback welcome.
A jumble of nonsense words can be cool. But it would be hell to edit.
The opening passage of the story of the Black Samurai.
What sense is there to make the effort to write if you know that the novel will give you nothing but trouble ?
The opening of a book is the hook, the line, and the sinker. "The hook" provides the catch, "the line" provides the tension, and "the sinker" provides the direction.
The more you obsess over the age of your debut, the later your debut is going to be. So don't get stuck on the idea of getting published early.
If there is one part of the novel that is open to analytical dissection, it is the first few sentences.