I had the same problem with my first mystery novel, Mixed Messages. I joined a critique group - one of the best things I've ever done - and the first thing the members told me was that my beginning was too slow, it didn't…"
"Hi Jeanette .
I love to visit London UK. I head for my favorite part of the city. Kensington and stay at a hotel around d the corner from Kensington Palace.What a better place to set my story. Alexandra Mary Hunter is arriving in London and is…"
This isn't so much a 'what to put in the opening' suggestion as a process suggestion. When I'm stuck on any aspect of any piece of writing, I get as far away from it as possible and write a new version. By 'as…"
"I took a course with Drusilla Campbell called NovelCram and she suggests having approximately 2 pages of "eden state" for your character. Then 2 pages in, introduce the "inciting incident" that starts the whole change in…"
"I rewrote my opening of Shadow Images 7 times. I finally wrote everything I wanted to about my main character building up to the attack on her. If you're like me, I usually, cut a few pages, okay, I cut two chapters. But I saved what I cut and…"
The thing to remember is: there are no magical formulas. A good place to start would be reading "The First Five Pages" by Noah Lukeman, to get you started thinking about how best to solve this…"
"I blogged today (my first She Writes blog) about what prose writers can learn from poetry (as a poet turned novelist, this is endlessly fascinating to me). This is the first of a series & today I focused on how what works to open a poem will…"
"I've had this struggle too and tried many things. I even stayed in a critique group that was dysfunctional for almost a year in the hopes of avoiding having to search for another group! I do not recommend that. :)
"Great question. I had my original first line (roughly) since before I wrote my first word. I hoped it was a hook that would make readers laugh, gasp, and want to know more. On my current third draft, I've added a little preface that…"
Jeanette, Glad to have you in the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. We save the wall for discussion, so please refrain from linking to blog posts there, but do add them in the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread. And we do a live chat every Wednesday at 1EST; instructions on how to participate are in the "Our Water Cooler Wednesdays" box near the top of the group page. Hope you can join us for that.
You may not know me or my work, but I am the national bestselling, award winning novelist of six critically acclaimed novels who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.
“Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying.”
I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And yes, KINDLE purchases count.
If you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering and Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.
Recently, I had the privilege of being the featured reader at a community event. I chose to read from my novel, FLESH OF ENLIGHTENMENT. In the twenty-minutes I was given, I wanted to give the audience members a good idea of what the novel was about…See More
"Cynthia, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group. I hope you’re enjoying exploring SheWrites, and best of luck with your…"