hook your reader with your 1st sentence
*make your reader ask questions
Drop your reader into the middle of a scene= a unit of significant action in which the MC pursues his goal and encounters obstacles.
The Four W's: Who, What, When, Where
Scene vs. Exposition
Create and sustain conflict
Show don't tell
Use imagery to appeal to all five senses, and allow the exterior setting to reflect the interior world of the MC.
(sight) (make sure to use all of senses)
Allow the choices of theme to determine the plot= the sequence of events resulting from cause and effect.
- plot driven
- character driven
- your "contract" with the reader
- your MDQ
choose the best POV and maintain it constantly (default= 1st POV)
1st person= Most natural
3rd person= limited
write convincing diologue
- master format
- make it brief
- eliminate routine exchanges
- move the story forward by including exposition
- develop character through diction & syntax
- avoid adverbs in diologue tags
- identify the speaker ASAP
- rely on subtext
- read aloud
Make your ending surprising but inevitable.