I’m sure we all have novels that we gave up on after 10, 20, 50 pages, because while we were excited at first it just didn’t end up working. When do you reach that point when you know a novel is going to work? When do you know when it’s an idea you want to stick with to the very end of the novel?
As reader Roberto Suarez Soto asks:
You may start your book strong and confident, or doubtful and hesitating. But there’s a point when you know that it’s going to work … or not. Maybe your initial strength diluted away, or maybe your initial doubts created a lot of conflict that ignited your plot. By that point your book should have momentum, should propel itself onwards; if it doesn’t, you should hit “delete” and start anew.
When do people reach that point? After the first chapter? After the first paragraph? After the first word?