Yesterday NCW had the privilege of having Victoria Hanley as the guest presenter for the monthly workshop, How to Get Your Book in Shape. The 14 folks there left inspired, informed and ready to work on their books.
Victoria covered a lot of information in the three hours we were there, but here are some of the highlights.
- It is okay to write badly on your first draft. Put your critic away
- A character that is not at risk is a character nobody cares about
- Your book should start in media res-in the middle of the action
- Good writing is a mixture of showing AND telling
- You should be able to take the beginning and end of your book and put them side by side. The end should resolve the conflict introduced in the beginning. The middle should have all the tension in between.
- Conflict should always be in every scene whether it is in the forefront or lurking in the background