“Begin with a problem, not with thinking”: Worthy advice for any novelist. Kristen Lamb lays out the interplay between protagonist and antagonist goals with examples to help you create a true page-turner.
Last week I gave FIVE editor tips to help you guys know if you needed revision. One of the most CONFUSING mistakes (in my POV) is the notion of “Starting with too much action.” I know all of us have heard the “Start in the action” “You have to HOOK” and so we devise car chases, bombs, funerals, etc. in hopes that we will engage a reader.
Before we start, I will add a caveat. Genre might affect the first pages of your novel. In a thriller, mystery, mystery-thriller or suspense, it is common to begin with a body or a terrible act.
In The DaVinci Code, we begin with a horrible murder in an art museum.
BUT, this scene is often NOT a scene with the protagonist. When it comes to the protagonist, we need to begin in what is called
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