I’m currently in the throws of revising my YA novel, CRAVING, and I reached a crossroads with it last night.
It came down to this choice:
Take a risk or play it safe?
I’m usually a ‘play it safe’ kinda gal, but this time the obvious, safe choice didn’t seem like the right one. I felt, perhaps, playing it safe was actually the riskier thing to do for my book.
So I’ve decided to take a gamble.
Originally I was going to have my first three chapters be around 50 pages in length – that way I’d have more to show agents when I came to query. However, it just felt forced and wrong for my book.
So, I’ve split the chapters in a different way. It means my first three chapters are now just 12 pages in total (EEEPS!), but I’m hoping agents will agree that it’s right for this story to have short, punchy chapters. I know it’s not a huge amount to judge a book on, but I’m hoping the novel is stronger and has more impact because of it.
Here’s hoping the gamble pays off!
I’d be interested to hear your views. What’s better: cramming everything you can into the first three chapters, or keep them short if it’s better for your narrative?