Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Here are a few of his tips about writing your novel.
Characters: Need to know more than the physical description, also important are their upbringing, needs and goals, education, habits, gestures, ticks, personality, how they dress, posture, and their moral character.
Begin you novel with conflict. Show tensions, action, disbelief, wonder, fear. Remember a plot may be man against nature, man against evil, and/or man against himself.
Grab the reader with fascinating sentence, idea, question, situation. Make the reader wonder what will happen next.
Dialogue is an excellent way to show character--and remember, the dialogue may include lies.
Scenes are the building blocks of the novel--followed by the sequel or reaction to the scene.
Voice is each writer's individual style of writing.
Setting should set the stage for the action.
Be sparing in minor character's description.
Narration used to give important information.
(Great tips, Mark. And of course there was much, much more.)
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith