This self-editing tip took me some time to learn. To employ it effectively, you have to develop a keen and semi-objective editorial eye with regard to the first few paragraphs, or first few chapters, of anything you write.
Often—and maybe especially if you’re a “panster” versus a “plotter”—the first few words (or paragraphs or, yes, even chapters) aren’t your best work. They neither compel nor propel your reader. If you leave them in, they may, in fact, cause the reader to throw your book across the room.
So how can you figure out, by yourself, where your story really begins?
This short episode (even for this podcast) offers a simple question so you can discover that answer.