Writing

Page One… How to Start Your Story

I've seen the advice repeated over and over and over again: START WITH ACTION! Like books are: Lights! Camera! Action! Gimme a break. Books are not movies and that's why we have both. They do different things. After listening to a dialogue from Agent Hannah Fergesen on Manuscript Academy, you don't start with action... you… Continue reading Page One… How to Start Your Story

Writing

Disney’s Frozen as a Case Study in Scene

My toddler has her favorite parts of movies (cue Let It Go) and I find it fascinating how movies effortlessly transition- just like a story scene should. I study these transitions to improve my writing. Next time you're staring down the barrel of another Disney movie try this! Go to the scene selection menu on… Continue reading Disney’s Frozen as a Case Study in Scene

Writing

Problem: The Slow Start

While starting off slow and easy is generally preferred with most things in life, it is the opposite when it comes to a good book. Readers want complete and total immersion from page one! It's a tall order. I admit my book starts off slow. I wanted to build tension and let the reader experience what… Continue reading Problem: The Slow Start