Grants Manager, Will Cox, talks about writing the pregnant first line, and why it’s so important.
I’ve always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here’s why.
A few reasons you should feel good about yourself this weekend…and why you should strive to finish your novel.
I felt like adding a few:
- No one can write your novel like you can. Even if you’re sharing a similar idea with a popular novel, what you write IS YOURS. Don’t be discouraged when someone says your novel sounds like something else. They won’t be the same.
- A lot of writers never finish. You probably shouldn’t be encouraged by this fact, but you should feel good about finishing a book. It’s very hard to do and it’s extremely satisfying. Once you do, you’ll be able to encourage other authors to do so.
- You stayed on track and you accomplished something you promised yourself you would. That’s reason enough to celebrate.
"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power." - Toni Morrison
- Just do it, unless you want to make yourself look ridiculous. Even if it’s for something as useless seeming as a school system, look it up. Go to Yahoo! Answers, even! I don’t want another ‘prestigious London boarding school’ that holds the quality of American schooling. As for asylum roleplays,…
At Gladstone’s Library in Wales, you can stay on the premises for $75/night to read their books or work on your own projects. GO!
We’re all full of weird little penmonkey tricks. Hell, I got a whole cabinet of ‘em. So, here’s ten. Peruse. Add your own should you see fit. The Tiniest Outline… Read The Rest …
Backstory, or a character’s past, is often necessary to explain a character’s motivations. It can add insight on personality or create reader sympathy.
However, you should try not to present it in the first chapter. When opening a novel, your reader cares more about what’s going on right now than what happened in the past. At the start of a book, the reader isn’t invested enough in the character to care about what happened to them previously, but later in the story, the reader will be intrigued enough by the character to want to know. As a writer, you need to be careful when and how you bring backstory into the story.
When you do need to present backstory, there are several ways:
“Writing for Dummies: Sit in the chair. Write.” #writetip #amwriting