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I’ve been following D. Wallace Peach for a while now, and she and her site are just amazing for story, tips, and all around writing inspiration. Today’s post was so helpful, I decided to share…And if you find it helpful too, I would recommend, while you are there, a Follow of your own. -Sheri J Kennedy, FVP editor
I’ve wanted to write about first chapters for a while, primarily because they’re so important. After all, they’re the gateway to Chapter 2 and getting a reader to Chapter 2 is a fantastic idea.
I did some research and almost instantly the rule-resistant rebel in me kicked in. She’s the writer who scowls at formulas, who insists that form has to fit the story, not the other way around. She’s the reader who doesn’t want to read the same story over and over with different titles.
Well, I suppressed the first-born smarty-pants part of my personality and learned a few things.
First, I learned that there are actually a number of perfectly legitimate types of first chapters. Writer’s Digest has a great article by Jeff Gerke that describes 4 approaches with examples (summarized here):
The Prolog – A prolog is an episode that pertains to your story but does not…
#nanowrimo Time! Yes, Camp NaNoWriMo is here and you can join! In case you don’t know, this motivating challenge is similar to its November big sister, National Novel Writing Month, but much more like a retreat than an onslaught.
Set your own goal – including editing hours or number of pages or word count – and write with the lively support of your cabin-mates. You can choose mates, create a private cabin, or go to camp and be assigned to a cabin of random wonderful writing folks. Pack your writing supplies and go to camp this April!
A couple of our FVP authors will be participating. You can watch our Facebook Page for updates on their progress and can respond there to let us know how you’re doing out in the woods.
In a mere 15 minutes the other day things went from a normal drive home to near chaos. Not much fun when commuting, but absolutely critical when writing. Creating conflict – putting your characters in peril or moral dilemmas or perhaps threatening their relationships – is key to keeping pages turning.
Miss Livingstone’s story has been entertaining to me as a writer as well as to readers partly because she seems good at getting herself into jams, and rather creative at getting herself out of them again. Many of my characters struggle with inner angst or subtle conflict, but her circumstances are dire, like suddenly finding herself on the deck of a dirigible, flying through the air, or so far back in time the sheer number of years incites terror.
The beauty of snowfall on trees is lovely in poetry, but for a story, give me a blizzard!
snow photos by Sheri J. Kennedy – All Rights Reserved
Wilderness Rim (Echo Falls Book 1) by Casondra Brewster
A YA Fiction Novel published by Creative Word Lab (02/06/17)
“But you have to realize that you don’t live in a vacuum. Everything you do will affect someone, or sometimes some thing.” (Kindle Locations 2840-2841). CJ’s mother has been spending so much time at her café, that CJ feels ignored. She can’t find the time for their annual camping trip, but she can always find something for him to do at the café. Underappreciated, CJ decides to go camping by himself. His mother has, after all, taught him how to be independent, like herself. The wilderness isn’t just a fun camping experience when CJ has to use some of his survival skills to get by and he isn’t the only one out there. After stumbling upon a real live Bigfoot and some sketchy looking out of towners. It’ll be up to…
Describing a character can be a tricky business, especially if they are a main character and you want to get them just right. FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo shares a tip:
I find my story from the inside out and I like to reveal my main character that way too. Exposing who the person is and how their life situation entwines their footsteps is more interesting to me than listing the minute details about their appearance right away. Imply what they look like as the story goes on. Drop a few hints here and there, they seem to be tall, or redheaded, since the other characters refer to them so. Finally let them look in a mirror and reveal the flash of their face- but in that glance in the glass also show their inner vulnerability and bring them back into their convoluted situation. Making them human is always more attractive than making them pretty. ~ Victoria Bastedo
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