Girls Write Out
Monday, January 07, 2013
Starting a big project can be scary. Today I'll start my novella for Smitten #3. Now granted, it's a novella. Considerably less daunting than a full length novel.

Still, a blank page is a blank page. There's nothing there, and I have to write words that will hold a reader's attention for 100 pages. So a few tips for those staring blindly at the blinking curser:

1. It's easy to get hung up on the 1st sentence, on the first paragraph. They're so important, says every writing book ever written. Yes, they are. My advice, don't strain yourself on the opening sentences in the 1st draft. Just get the story started. (My husband advises "Once upon a time" but I know you can do better than that.)

2. Have some idea where you're going. You don't need a fleshed out road map, but you should be writing toward something.

3. At the very least, know what your protagonist wants and what's standing in his/her way. This will drive the conflict.

4. Before you sit down to write, daydream options for the opening and choose where you want to start. I like to start with a scene, not exposition, and most readers prefer that too.

5. Just get something down. If it's awful or you chose to start in the wrong place, you can always scrap it later. At least it got you going.

What are your favorite tips for new beginnings?

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:52 AM  
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At 11:14 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I agree, Denise. It helps so much to be prepared. I've discovered I'm not a seat-of-the-pants writer--I need structure.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I'm a little of both, Cheryl. I used to heavily plot out, but now I'm more Plot Light. :)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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