by Paul West
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE AN AUTHOR
Hi again all my friends and followers.
How's your writing going? I hope you're hard at it.
Last week I talked about developing a strong plot. The next thing Dean Koontz's teacher mentioned was "a great deal of action."
You don't want a ho hummer. You want to make it so that your reader can't put the book down. How do you do that? Make each scene a conflict or resolution.
Even when talkingwith a friend, you want your characters conversations to be conflicting. In my novel, I hope I've done that in every scene. If it doesn't have conflicting or resolving it's got to be boring. You want to keep your reader on the edge of her/his seat. In Bridgetown High, I've tried to make this a rule. For example, in the scene between Genie and Kathy, where Genie gets a huge crush on Brent Anderson, Kathy ribs Genie that she's always flirting with boys. To which, Genie tries to disagree, but goes after Brent anyway, thinking to herself that Kathy was wrong. She's just being friendly.
That's a minor example, but I hope you get the idea.
At the request of most of my readers, I've decided to "try" to write a sequel to "Bridgetown High." However, I'm realizing the opening chapter is not what I wanted. There's little or no conflict, though there is a hint of trouble to come.
Also, the opening chapter should plunge the main character in some kind of trouble. I've probably said that before.
So, until next week, I'll quit for now. If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section below.
In the meantime, please "Share" and "Like" this blog post on Facebook , and "Retweet" it on Twitter, then PLEASE, write a review and post it on all the sites where you can find my book. Also have you signed up for my email letters on my Blog Site? I would love to see you there and have you introduce yourself and give comments to my posts. And also keep in mind "Bridgetown High" is still available on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes&Noble and a few other places I can't remember. You can read some GREAT reviews of Bridgetown High on all of these sites if you need more info about Bridgetown High.
Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016