Self-Evaluating Scene Openings and Novel Structure
There are times when a person has the luxury of sitting down and reading a novel in one session. Wouldn’t that be nice if we could all do that? However, most of us read a novel in multiple sessions.
When you’re rewriting your draft, dreaming of creating a novel readers will love, it’s critical to think about how readers read.
Many writing books talk about the importance of the first line, first paragraph and first page of a novel. If you don’t grab the reader then, you might lose them for good. There is a lot of pressure on a writer to produce an extraordinary first line for a novel. If your reader has put your book aside for a while and picked it up at a new scene, that scene opening has to all the things the opening of your novel does. So much pressure…but we have a process to help you.
When your readers start a new scene, they must be immediately be engaged in the scene. To ensure this happens, work through your revision as if you…