Recommended Read: “The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents”

Chuck Sambuchino (Photo Source:  thewritelife.com)

Chuck Sambuchino (Photo Source: thewritelife.com)

This is a great, great read from Chuck Sambuchino of thewritelife.com. Good research and great tips. More than that, it’s a quick read, so give it a go. I especially like:

  • “The first chapter should present a compelling scene, not a road map for the rest of the book” in regards to telling vs. showing;
  • “I’m sorry, but if I awoke to a strange man in my bedroom, I’m reaching for a weapon–not admiring the view” in regards to the cliché beginning of many romance novels where the woman wakes up to a strange man in her room;
  • “The character’s backstory stays with them–it’s in their DNA” in regards to why you shouldn’t dump in character backstory before getting to the plot; and
  • “Getting to know characters in a story is like getting to know people in real life. You find out their personality and details of their life over time.”

Check out Chuck’s article at thewritelife.com.

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About authorphilpartington

Phil is a writing enthusiast of many years, having been published in numerous online and national print trade and sports publications over the past decade. He has spent the past five years delving back into the world of fiction writing, focussing on the fantasy, horror and suspense genres. Deshay of the Woods is his first novel.
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One Response to Recommended Read: “The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents”

  1. Hi Phil! Great article. Thanks for sharing it. I love Writer’s Digest and Chuck Sambuchino. 😀

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