I started a new book a couple of weeks ago and sent the first chapter to my Crit Mates. While the writing was fine, there were some story glitches due to the fact that I tend to underwrite and in this case seriously underwrote the first chapter. The advice I got was dead on, but for some reason it stopped my forward progress.
Therein lays the problem.
See, I want my first chapter to be flawless from the get-go. I know. I know. Not realistic. Especially when said writer (me) tends not only to underwrite but to start the book at the wrong place.
But I still want the beginning to be a place to jump off of and until I get it right—at least in my head—I can’t move onto the next chapter.
What to do?
Start a new WIP. It’s a WIP that’s been niggling at the edges of my brain for a while. A story I’ve wanted to write for years. But I’m going to wait until I’m in five or six chapters before sharing it with anyone. I don’t want my forward momentum to be interrupted by my doubts, insecurities, and second-thinking.
When do you send your new WIP to your critique partners? Do you think there's a moment when it's too soon?