Your opening pages make a lasting impression on your reader - and carry a great responsibility. Here we establish setting, tone, pace, genre. In these few pages we offer the reader a taste of what is to come, hooking them through conflict, character, and stakes.
Are your opening pages up to the task? Opening paragraph? Opening line? Once registered, you will receive instructions for submitting your opening pages (up to 3000 words) for me to read and comment on. We will set up a 30min Zoom meeting to go over the feedback, answer questions, and make a plan to make the pages shine.
These are my favorite tools to plan, plot, and write a novel.
This is the program I use to run a story idea through hits paces, strike a working synopsis, and create character arcs.
Early - Complete First Draft
This is the program I use in conjunctions with Scrivener, where I lay out the chapters and scenes - and have a bird's eye view of the beats and story.
First Draft - Final Draft
Made for novelists. I break my chapters into scenes, and Scrivener makes it easy to move scenes around. A learning curve for sure, but once you've figured out what works for your process, this is a powerful tool.