Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The First 3 pages: Part 1

This week we’re going to do some exercises to jumpstart our writing. We are going to work with novels but this exercise is useful for non-fiction books too. These techniques over these 5 lessons will help you engage your reader and learn a valuable lesson about showing vs. telling.

Select your favorite novel [or one you like that is in your home]. As you read it you are going to ask yourself three questions AS A READER.

1. What question does the writer introduce in to the mind of the reader?
2. What promises are given to the reader? [What are you looking forward to?]
3. How do the first lines engage you?

Try this with a few books if you have the time. We’ll talk about this tomorrow.

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