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Once learned, desire can be used for just about anything. Except that we are talking about writing.
For me personally, the first page is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. It is no lie that this crucial page is what makes or breaks your foot in the threshold of an agent’s door. During rejects I have received I have learned that sometimes even the best premise falls short when opening that first page, reading that first sentence.
Learn from it!
Before approaching the daunting page, make sure you know what you want to write about. Some authors fly by the seat of their pants while others break down the skeleton of their story to plan ahead. Whichever way you choose to do it, find your niche and go with it. If you find yourself stuck then try the other method. When writing, I inter-change between the two methods.
After you have broken down what you want to write about you want to think about your inciting action. What is it that is going to both draw your readers in and introduce your characters? Now the inciting incident doesn’t have to be your main plot, in fact, it’s better if it’s just a small bump on the road that leads your character to decide on the course/plot of the rest of the book. However, there are a few no-nos you want to avoid when creating this…
1. Starting your book off with a dream! Trust me, nothing irks both the reader and the agents/publishers more than reading something awesome then ending up finding it all a dream! This is frustrating and poor build up!
2. Starting with an alarm clock/radio/beginning of a normal boring day! Another misconception people think is that because you want to show your character doing normal before the incident that this helps your reader build an affection for your character. WRONG! Puts them to sleep if anything! If you feel like you must at least put something odd in there like them waking up to the sound of a building coming down that they thought wasn’t supposed to come down for another month to give them time to move out.
3. Avoid Prologues! Often times, prologues are information that is either not needed or can be introduced through small portions throughout the book. Most writers feel that prologues give backstory but usually they end up being a waste of space, dealing with characters that have no other intention to the story other than that and we don’t see them again!
These are just three things that you would do best to avoid and keep the agent from chucking your manuscript, and your chances, against their window or even out of it.
When facing the first page remember your HOOK. The Hook is the crucial first sentence or first paragraph of your book. Many agents, in fact, only read the first sentence to determine whether they want to continue reading. There are avoidances in regards to this as well but that is going to be for another day.
What I encourage you to do is to practice planning for your first page. What are you trying to achieve with it and how will you bring the reader into the world that you have invested your time in? Remember the avoidances and choose you inciting incident.
The next things I will talk about are Hook, Character Creation, STP vs LTP and Showing vs Telling… Please join in.
Until next time. Keep Writing!
Ah the dream of millions but the relization of soo few. The pipe dream just as acting or singing. However, it is not as hard as you think it is to achieve! All it takes is two simple things:
Two words, yet these are the very same things people have the hardest time doing. First, you have to WANT with every fiber to write. Wake up, write! Eat, write! Bathroom, write! Sleep, write! Hell I carry a notebook with me wherever I go.
Today that is what we are going to look at…Desire!
With desire comes the voices. You need to accept the voices in your head. Once you create characters they become living, breathing parts of you. And they are loud, using every ounce of energy you possess. Mine even wake me up in the middle of the night just to write.
NOTE: KEEP A JOURNAL AT YOUR BED JUST FOR THOSE OCCASSIONS!
This desire burns greatly. It will burn holes in your socks as you pace the room angry at a conflict you can’t resolve. Burn through various pencils, notebooks and wallets that you thought would never die.
As a writer, what you must do is capture that burn, craft that desire. Shape it into a work that you hunger to write. Yes there are times when you need to research… ALWAYS look for ways to improve yourself. Research becomes a curiousity that never ends.
Because desire is soo strong, you will soon earn and itch to write. For me I feel as if something is off if I don’t want to write a damn thing. NO, you don’t need to go to a doctor. They can’t cure you anyway. What you need is to take out that pen and paper and write. Who the hell cares what about just write. Write until that desire subsides.
This is desire. And a crucial part needed in becoming and being and striving and living as a writer.
So today I encourage you to go and write about anything. Do it every day. For ten minutes, one hour, a few hours… I want you to shut off the tv and music… yes even your video games, naughty people. Turn all of it off and listen to the world around you with a pencil and paper. Don’t use your computer until you lean diligence not to quickly switch to Facebook, Youtube or even Twitter. Then with that paper and pencil, write about what you see, what you feel, what you hear.
I normally set practice writings with groups for 10 mins, 30 mins tops! Just long enough to try to create a page or so about the world around you. Read it once you’re done. Did you ever notice things like that before? Doing this every day will work your brain, training it to build the desire to write every day.
Harness the desire you have and build it to bursting. This is the first step to becoming a writer is to have the desire to write.
Tomorrow we will look at the biggest and most important part… THE BLANK PAGE!