Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Exposition destroys drama

Writing the first chapter can feel challenging. Do it and get through it. Remember this is still the secret draft, which no one will see, unless your cat is selling copies of it at a flea market.

Your first chapter will be edited, rewritten and revised.

I rewrote the first chapter of my first novel (the one that landed me a six-book contract) 55 times.


The best novels are about interesting people doing intriguing things. If your characters are unique and your stories feel real, you’ll create a captivating tale readers will enjoy. Above all else, don’t be boring, the cardinal sin of storytelling. 

Elmore Leonard used to say, “I leave out all the boring stuff.” In fact, Elmore, one of the finest writers of popular fiction in the 20th Century, had a few good ideas about writing:

Don't go into detail describing places and things.
Even if you're good at it, you don't want descriptions which bring the action to a standstill. Try to leave out the part readers tend to skip. Elmore Leonard’s most important rule is: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. So should you.

----- (From NOVEL SECRETS available in paperback and Kindle form.) http://smarturl.it/novsec