These are some more tips from romantic travel writer Janice MacDonald’s on First Chapters.
- Don’t sweat it initially, it will change.
- When you’re ready to return to it, consider the following:
- start as close to the end without leaving out important information
- open with action
- quickly establish: who, what, where, when and why
These are some additional tips on writing first — and the rest of the chapters, Janice MacDonald received from one of her editors: Continue reading
I’ve seen dozens of variations on story plot arcs through the years (and I’ll be posting at least 3). I read writing books and went to classes and workshops to avoid facing the muddle that was my middle, but somehow Janice MacDonald’s version clicked. I then joined NaNoWriMo in 2007 followed by a friend asking me to review her first draft. At that point, the mist parted and I decided to compile my notes into a storyboard format à la Apple Pages template. My template can be found here: Traditional Plot Development Storyboard
The basic structure is as follows: Continue reading