Tuesday, August 14, 2012

1st Chapter Advice from Lisa Mangum

What am I reading now? Endlessly (Kiersten White, Paranormalcy Series)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Love the ending--cried twice. It's so sad that Evie's story is finished. I hate saying bye to story friends. (Yes, it's a bit like having imaginary friends, which I'm a little too old for or not quite old enough for. Whichever. *sigh*) Her voice throughout the series is fun and light, and the paranormal world she lives in is unpredictable and twisty which all together means this story is ENgAGiNg
(Translation: Teachers, this one belongs in your library 'cause teens will love it.)

Evie has the power to change everything--to fix the world, at least back to what it was supposed to be before the Fey got involved and messed with everyone. That choice however comes with a huge price tag--give up the one person you love most, oh, and maybe give up her life too. Impossible choices, ramped up mix of paranormals, revealed love and sacrifice, and unicorns (yes, rainbow wielding, sparkly, stinks-like-death-itself unicorns)--bleeping fantastic book series!

Paranormalcy 5 Stars
Supernaturally 5 stars
Endlessly 5 stars
15 Stars Total !!!

First Chapter Advice from Lisa Mangum
Listen up--she knows this stuff as an author (Hourglass Door Series) and as an editor (Deseret)

Start with
     •strong voice

Don't try to cram too much in. You have the whole book to tell the story. The first sentence invites the reader to read the first paragraph; the first paragraph invites the reader to read the first chapter, the first chapter invites the reader to read the next and so on.

Reread your first page after you write the last page and tweak it again.

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