My story is raring to be put on paper. But the first paragraph, indeed the first chapter, is stiff as a board. Way too much subject, verb sentence structure (clean and safe).
Basically, I’m so worried about striking the correct chords that I’m strangling the opening of my story and it has no flow. I’m strangling the voice too.
A couple of chapters in, my writing flows just fine. Also, I notice that my secondary characters’ personalities come through quite clearly. They are fun to write, as a result.
My protagonist, unfortunately, is suffering under my constraint and concern. I know her inside out, and it should be dead easy to write her. But I somewhat freeze, worried that I’m not conveying her experiences, emotions, and dilemmas well enough.
Oh, and I’ve rewritten the first chapter I do not know how many times. But because my protagonist is the star of the opening chapter, I can’t stop overthinking every detail! As a result, I’m stifling the flow. I know this, but can’t break out.
I need to get over this hump. Any ideas are welcome!