I finally got my head down today and wrote with such vigour that my pencil nearly caught fire… or it would had I used one … ok so my keyboard nearly caught fire. Anyway, my point is, that I sat back and read the opening chapter. It didn’t hook me in. It was too ‘flowery’ so I took a deep breath and highlighted the offending purple passages, then hit ‘delete.’ I repeated the painful process and then rewrote. The result was, I hope, a far stronger opening. It’s never easy deleting but it can immeasurably improve the story arc and flow.