"...there are only two things you must do with your first fifty pages, only two large-scale tasks...:
Make your setting a character.
Here's a list of 7 books that have influenced my writing in terms of voice and tone, and have taught me how use the setting as a major character, the plot as a dreamy wonderland, and the characters as beautiful creatures that are so flawed, they're perfect.
Adding emotion to stories can be one of the more difficult aspects of writing. Sure, a writer knows what their characters are feeling, but can they make a reader *feel* the characters' emotions?
Writing a book is hard but that doesn't mean you can't use a little helps from apps.
So how do you edit your book? Each author has their own method of madness, but many would agree that these steps are critical:
Descriptions make or break writing.
Beta readers are meant to edit your work. They can focus on different things, depending on their skill level and your needs/desires. But one thing's for sure: a good beta reader is worth their weight in gold.
Chapter 48 of the book I am writing.
There's nothing akin to the agony of editing your book. This suffering goes beyond the whole "kill your darlings" because, at least for me, I'll gladly kill my darlings if it means saving my book.