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The 13 Most Common Errors on a Novel's First Page

boazpriestly:

  • Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
  • Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
  • Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
  • Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
  • Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
  • Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
  • Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
  • Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
  • Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
  • Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
  • Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
  • Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
  • Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.

(via 90daywrite)

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yeahwriters:

Read The Yeah Write Review for FREE!

Hey guys! Did you know that about a year ago, we had a literary magazine for a few seasons? Each issue contains writing advice articles by English majors, published authors, MFA students, etc., as well as short stories, nonfiction pieces, poetry, and beautiful photography.

I had to put it on indefinite hiatus because it was too time consuming, but I’m still really proud of the 3 issues we created! The copies used to be paid but since it’s been a year I thought ah, what the hell, I’ll put them right on Yeah Write so people can read them for free :)

Go to yeahwriters.tumblr.com/ywreview and click on each issue to open up in a beautiful viewer (make sure you don’t just click the arrow that shows up because then it just displays really tiny in the page haha). And all of the links within the mag are live!

I hope you’ll check them out out!

(via yeahwriters)

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wordpainting:

"Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind."—Samuel R. Delany

wordpainting:

"Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind."—Samuel R. Delany

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Why is Everyone Straight?: A Comprehensive Guide to Diversifying Sexual Identification and Romantic Expression in Your Writing

kaylapocalypse:

I have been thinking about writing this article for a long time. As a queer writer and reader, I see people fretting about this often, but I haven’t found a quick one stop shop post/article that addresses how to approach the inclusion of LGBTQAI+ characters from the…

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katieosheabooks:

I challenge you to join me and write & exercise (#WriteFit) or read & exercise (#ReadFit) in the month of April!

This is a great way to do more of what you love: reading, writing, revising, etc. while also being healthy and exercising. 

It’s Easy!

1. Leave a comment on the video letting us know if you’re going to #WriteFit or #ReadFit and what your goal is! 

You choose your goal and how often you want to read, write, revise, outline, etc. each week and for how long, and the same for how long and how often you want to exercise. Anything you want can count—a 15 minute walk, an hour-long yoga class, etc. 

2. Share this video or make your own telling everyone about your goals and that you’re participating in the challenge in the month of April and invite them to participate too!

3. During the month of April, tweet your progress whenever you read, write, and exercise with the hashtag #WriteFit or #ReadFit. I.e. I wrote 500 words today for #writefit and went on a 15 minute walk! Check out how everyone is doing and support the rest of the community in reaching their goals, and make some new friends along the way!

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