Well, the experiment went very well I think. The only thing is that I have had second thoughts about posting it on my blog. I’m sorry. I hope you will all forgive me. I don’t mean to be a tease. But I feel I have good reasons why I’ve decided not to do it.
Remember I said that once I publish the book I would reveal everything at once and rip it all off like a big giant band-aid? Well, I feel like for the sake of certain persons involved, I have to do it this way. I don’t want to hurt anyone, and if I posted this particular chapter on the blog, I would be hurting some of my family members – the few that I have left – namely my brother.
That’s not to say that they aren’t going to be hurt when the book comes out. They will be, but it’s going to be a little different if it’s published in a book rather than in a single chapter on my blog – if that makes sense.
Also, I still don’t know if this is really going to be the first chapter. Who knows really. I haven’t even finished the first pass. I might change things around when I begin to re-write everything. I may have a completely different opener. I wouldn’t want to post the actual opener on the blog either! That could make or break my sales for God sake. I’d rather post a random chapter on the blog – which I still might do later down the line before the book is published, so it’s not like I’m breaking my promise completely.
So, I apologize for getting ahead of myself. But the exercise in itself was really helpful to me because I re-wrote the entire chapter as if I was about to post it and it came out completely differently, and I think better.
If my brother is reading this, which he is probably most certainly not, just know that I wanted to spare you looking like a dick. Older brothers can be like that sometimes, especially in times of stress. You’d have to read the whole book to understand that he’s actually a good guy and that chapter would have put things too far out of context.
Catch you next time.