So how's your writing coming along? Any questions or comments about passive voice of plot holes? Go ahead and send them in to
workshop ink in the book at gmail dot com (no spaces)
No one sent in material last week and we missed an a half page critique from the mentors:( But this week, we have extended the half page critique~ So go ahead and send in you questions!!
Agent Inside news you can use...What do the Agents have to say this week? Let's hear, straight from the email answer!
What makes a good first sentence, first page and first chapter?
Agent Brittany Booker says -
First off- what makes a good first sentence is 'the voice.' That first sentence should say something about the plot, character or storyline that would let the reader know the type of voice in the story and the tone of the story. If the heroine/hero is a goofy or sarcastic character, the first sentence should reveal that.
The first page should give us a good idea of what the character is going through, what they are thinking, or a little description of the scene that the character(s) are in.
By the end of the first chapter, the reader should have a clear view on what the main character is going through, their goals, and a visual of the character. Also, if there are a few main characters, then the reader should be introduced to most of them within the first chapter.
Agent Mary Sue Seymour says -
The perfect first chapter begins with a great hook. The first sentence must be high interest and must begin with a scene that is immediately engaging - no set-up, which I define as setting and characterization for a hook.
Agent Marisa Cleveland says -
Perfect first chapter - starts with the perfect first page - engaging and not reflective - I'm drawn to first pages where the character(s) are immediately in motion (addressing an issue) - and the chapter should always end with a hook or conflict.
Okay, and last for today, I have a question/survey:
Does everyone prefer the weekly workshops, like I have been posting
Would everyone prefer me to post all the workshop for the moth of December all at once and participants will have the leisure of working on the classes as time permits?
I know December is a busy month for many people. For me, I'll have company most of the month and will be shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping presents, et. just as many of you!
So, voice your opinions! What would you prefer???
Perfect character - if it's a hero, it's guy you would like to date [if you weren't married!], and if it's a heroine, it's a gal that could be your best friend.