Rethink Your First Chapter


For Catapult, Anuradha Roy talks about the process of receiving editorial feedback and how we’re inclined to react poorly to that feedback. Roy takes us from the phone call from her brand-new publisher, suggesting she re-think her first chapter, to her old-wisdom, pottery influenced conclusion:

I now see fiction—my own and that of others—as work paused but never finished. I look at published novels as if they are photographs of flowing water, stilled. The image might have been quite different if the picture were taken one minute, an hour, a month later.

Buffy Flores is an Aries/Taurus cusp, Latinx, vegan, femme, and founder and editor of the Billions Unheard. Now writing for LIVEKINDLY and editing for The Rumpus. Follow them on Twitter @livekindlybuffy. More from this author →